DARIEN, Conn. -- A new website and catalog system will be up and running Wednesday, June 1 at the Darien Library, according to an announcement.
The new "user-centric portal" will launch with the SOPAC3 catalog system so users can access library events, services and materials.
The new website includes integrations with the website’s event calendar. Users will be able to register and RSVP for events and keep track of their library activities from their profile screen.
The system now also seamlessly includes both physical and digital checkouts on the account page, giving users the information and tools necessary to manage all of their circulation activity.
Users are given direct control over their checkout histories and will now have the ability to maintain a wish list of items from the catalog they may want in the future.
Other features include integration with Darien Library’s eCommerce system, Envisionware, so users can now check their account balance in addition to fines and fees.
The new system introduces linked accounts, allowing family members to link to other family members’ cards so that they can, for example, see what their children have checked out without having to log in separately. The feature was designed as a result of patron feedback.
The SOPAC3 catalog system organizes all content types for a title into a single record so no longer will a user see one record for a book, another record for large type, a record for each ebook vendor, and yet another for audiobook. They will see one result with a simple, easy-to-use interface to select the format of their choice.
The new system also allows e-content from Overdrive and Bibliotheca (formerly 3M) to be checked out or placed on hold directly from the catalog with a single click.
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