Try our new online catalog, Vega Discover

Have you ever tried a new website and couldn’t find that one button that you needed to click?

CALS has partnered with a library technology company to help launch new library catalog software called Vega Discover, which is designed to be easy to use. The best part is that they have invited all CALS patrons to share what you like and don’t like about the software:

  • Is it easy or difficult to use?
  • Are you able to quickly find what you need?
  • Is it missing any features you regularly use?
  • Is it easy to look around when you don’t know exactly what you want?

Your feedback will be shared directly with the company designing Vega Discover and they want to hear from ALL library patrons. YOUR feedback will determine which features they’ll add, change, or even remove!

If you’ve already tried the new catalog, you can fill out the survey now. Vega Discover feedback form

If you haven’t tried it yet, here’s what you should know:

Because the software is brand new, not all of the regular features are there. Just like apps on your phone update regularly, this new catalog software will also update regularly, and more of these features will be added with each update. We’re confident that most of the features you’re looking for will be added within the next 6-12 months.

A few things to look for in our new catalog:

  • Simplified Design –The benefit of starting fresh with completely new software is that the interface is intentionally clean and simple so that you can easily find what you need.
  • All Formats Grouped Together – Like our current catalog software and websites like Amazon, when you search for a book title, you’ll find all of the formats of the book – print, large print, ebook, audiobook, etc – grouped together.
  • Browse the Library Shelves Online
    • Whether you’re working from home, staying at home, or just too busy to visit the library in person, you probably rely on our online catalog more and more. But we know using the website means you can’t walk along our library shelves to discover new book.
    • Our new website has “Showcases” on display when you view a specific item to give you a similar experience to browsing the shelves. The Showcases will show books, articles, or movies on the same topic you just searched for or related topics that might also interest you.
  • Manage your Account and Keep a List – Just like before, after logging in you can see when your items are due, renew online, or manage your holds. Now you can also bookmark items to keep a list for a future reading list, book club possibilities, things your family might like—any reason at all.
  • Accessibility – Whether you use a screen reader or other assistive technology, our new catalog is designed to meet guidelines for an accessible website.

The next time you need to search for something in our collection, try our NEW catalog, Vega Discover. And then be sure to click “Let us know what you think” to answer a few questions about your experience.

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