Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Stressing "Positive" Points

The Koha Task Force was asked to come up with some positive "selling" points for our new Koha library catalog (or OPAC). We know that there may be some people that are quite content with our current catalog and may be disappointed with a change; but having a script to follow will assist the staff in highlighting the new features to the public:

  • It's simplicity! The new catalog offers simple, clear searching. The "fuzzy searching" capability allows misspelled words not to hamper the search.

  • Koha allows the Library to implement new features to better serve the public and staff.

  • Suggestions for Library purchase are available right from the catalog.

  • Expanded searches are possible, with simple and clear instructions.

  • Amazon reviews are available.

  • You can add items to a personal, private list. This could be used for keeping track of books you've read, or want to read...whatever!

  • You can place comments, or reviews for items in the catalog.

  • Adding tags (personally meaningful terms) can be added to material in the catalog.

  • You can set up an RSS feed to be notified when new items arrive at the Library that relate to your interest(s) or favorite authors.

  • You can place all of your holds at one time... fast, fast, fast!

  • You can receive notices by email ... and you can decide when you want to receive them.

We hope to use these points for publicity and for our in-house explanation of the system.


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