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List makers take note

by Heather G. | Mar 03, 2017
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.

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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).

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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.


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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.

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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.



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  1. Barb Brown | Sep 05, 2017
    Can i do this with your app on my phone?
  2. Benita | Mar 23, 2017
    I have never used this function.  I want to try it soon.
  3. Julie Robinson | Mar 08, 2017
    This is brilliant! I can replace all the scattered bits of paper and notebooks with lists. After I set one up on my computer I got brave and tried it on the phone--it's easy-peasy, and will be wonderful when I'm chatting with a friend or traveling. Thanks bunches!
  4. Miss Heather | Mar 07, 2017
    Thanks for commenting, William! Checkout history is still not an option, unfortunately. It is fairly easy to add the books on your checkout list to your saved lists--you could start adding them to a "read" list. You CAN sort them chronologically so that might help!
  5. William | Mar 07, 2017
    Thank you, Miss Heather! This will be helpful. Parents can create lists for their children too since one can name different lists. I wish though that someday "The Library" can crack into my checkout history and let me see that list.... If that ever becomes possible -or if it IS possible and I've missed it- please post about that!

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