Are you a list maker? If you are much of a reader, watcher, or listener you may consume much of the library's offerings. It's frustrating to check something out, only to start reading/watching/listening and realize you've already been there, done that. I feel your pain! That's why I'd like to introduce you to the "My Lists" function in our online catalog.
You have two different options for creating your lists -- using our website or using our mobile app. All lists live where you create them. If you want to have your lists at your fingertips in the library, you'll want to access them the same way you created them.
Here's a step-by-step approach for creating lists via the online catalog (we'll focus on the app in a future post). Click on the images if you want to zoom in. Step 1
Your first step is to log in to your library account. You can create a list without doing so, but it will only be temporary -- if it's a list you want to access again, you want to be logged into your account so that you can save it. Step 2
Your second step is to create at least one list name to get started. Maybe a To Read
list? An Already Read
list? To do this, click on "My Lists" (located to the right of "My Account" at the top of the page).
Under "Lists", click the book with the + sign next to it, and a box will appear, inviting you to enter a title. Create as many list titles as you like (you can come back and make more later). Step 3
Your third step is to search our catalog for the authors, subjects, or titles that you are interested in. As you see items that you'd like to add to a list, check the box to the left of the cover images and select "Add to My Lists" from the pull down "Select an Action" menu. Use the pull down menu to select which list you are adding to.
*Always select "Add to My List" before going to the next page of results. If there's anything more frustrating than realizing you've already read/viewed/listened to something before, it's taking the time to create a thorough list and having it disappear.
And that's it! Add as many books as you've read or would like to. Use the lists as you browse the shelves or place items on hold. Want to move or copy a title to a different list? Check the box next to the title, click "Select an Action" and you will be given the option to do so via the pull down menu.
Let us know how this function works for you! We hope you'll like it!
We'll be back another day to illustrate how to use the list function in our mobile app.