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Metropolitan Library System updates its card catalog system

Oklahoma City’s Metropolitan Library System is closed this weekend but will re-open Tuesday with a re-vamped card catalog system.
by Matt Patterson Published: September 1, 2014

When the Metropolitan Library System opens Tuesday, visitors in person and online will notice that the card catalog system will have changed.

The library has been closed since Saturday so the new system can be installed. The library typically closes Sunday and Monday for Labor Day, but this year the extra day was needed.

“We never close down for three days, but this was necessary for us to get it up and running,” Kim Terry, the Metropolitan Library System marketing director, said.

The new system replaces an older one that was designed by an employee who has retired.

“We loved the old system, but he was the only one who really knew the ins and outs of it,” Terry said. “And it was also time for us to update it.”

The new system was purchased from a vendor who sells similar programs to other libraries. Oklahoma City having its own in-house system was relatively rare, Terry said.

The new system has a completely different look, including pictures of book covers, a listing for new titles, better flexibility with searches, the ability for users to create their own reading list and more options for managing accounts online.

Terry said results can be filtered efficiently, similar to those on popular sites such as Amazon.com. It will also include newspapers and other periodicals in search results, and a revamped section for upcoming library events, news releases and a place for readers to post reviews of books. The system also will be available in Spanish.

The kids catalog has been redone with clickable pictures and book covers that young readers can easily identify and select.


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