News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 11/14/2017
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library to Unveil Robust, Interactive Search Tool
Contact : Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, Library Director, Library    (650) 329-2403

Palo Alto, CA – The Palo Alto City Library announces a new social library catalog to replace the current one. The library will soft launch the new catalog on November 21, inviting customers to try it out. The final transition is planned for January 23, 2018.

The Library is implementing this new catalog based on customer feedback and a desire to continue to improve the quality of information searches. Produced by BiblioCommons, the new catalog is mobile-friendly, provides rich recommendations and enables customers to virtually connect with librarians and other members of the community. It allows the user community to share ideas with each other about books, movies, and music. It also makes it easier to carry out typical interactions customers have with a library catalog, such as exploring what-is-new in my local branch, titles-to-read-next, tracking holds and renewals. Additionally, BiblioCommons has satisfied the Library's expectations for protecting customer data. While the Library encourages customers to share their comments, reviews and lists, customers can opt to keep their activities from being shared on the social network if they choose.

The Library will also transition its events calendar to a new platform that will integrate with the catalog. This migration will take place on November 21 with training sessions offered for customers. The Library will offer training sessions on the new catalog for customers that will be posted at each branch location, as well as being posted on the new events calendar after November 21.

The Library welcomes your feedback on the new catalog. Customers may share their comments with staff, on the Website Feedback form on the bottom of any page within the new catalog.

“Our customers are partners in creating the Library’s new social catalog, so we encourage you to let us know how it is working for you,” said Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, Library Director.