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Our Updated Website: A Preparatory Guide

June 5, 2012 by Reader's Connection

When you open our website on June 11th, you’ll see . . . One moment. Please look into this neuralizer . . . Flash!  . . . Now, then. On Friday morning, June 15th, our website was updated as scheduled. If changes like this make you nervous and you’re worried that you won’t be able to find what you need, I have prepared a guide on what will be where.

WARNING: You might get blogsick if you scroll all the way down through all the alternative ways to get everywhere. You’re better off clicking on this alphabetical list to be taken to the feature that has you worried.

If I’ve missed some website feature that’s important to you, leave a comment.

Adult Ed & Career Help (Tutor.com)
Ask a Librarian
Blogs–Kids’ Blog, Reader’s Connection and Teen Scene
Books, Movies & Music
Catalog Search
College Help (Tutor.com)
Contact Us
Databases
Digital Collections
Downloadables–eBooks, audiobooks, Freegal
Events
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Homework Help (Tutor.com)
Info Guides
Kids’ Pages
Language Lab
The Learning Curve
The Library Foundation
Locations & Hours
Most Popular
My Account
New Arrivals
Online Databases
Staff Picks (formerly Staff Recommends)
Support the Library
World Language Lab

 

 
Catalog Search and My Account and Contact Us

 

Two of our most popular launch-points, My Account and Catalog Search, are still at the top of the screen, just off to the right.

And the Contact link–which allows you to contact a Circulation Supervisor about a fine, or the Webmaster about misbehaving Kindle books, or our CEO or any number of other individuals–is still alongside those two.

 

 

There’s also a  Catalog link in The Entertainment block . . .

 

 

 

 

. . . and if you go to the green menu bar along the top of the screen and click on CATALOG . . . It’s a live link, and will take you to our SHERLOC catalog . . .

 

. . . or if you just point at the CATALOG heading, you’ll see a menu that includes links to both our SHERLOC and Standard catalogs (two different faces of the same catalog).  

 

 

 

 

Other paths to My Account are also available. One is on the Using Your Library block . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . .  and if you point at MY LIBRARY on the menu bar, there’s a link to My Account in the menu that appears.

 

 

 

 

And at the bottom of the screen, there’s another Contact Us link. 

 

 

 
Back to list at top.

 

 

 
Locations & Hours

 

 There are at least three ways to learn about Locations and Hours. My favorite is on the left side of the screen, above the green block that says The Entertainment. Info about Central Library is listed there, but I’m opening the menu of locations and selecting my neighborhood branch . . .

 

 

 

And . . . um . . . uh . . . I’m sorry, I was grooving on College Avenue’s Saturday hours. The address and phone number are also there, and if I want more info I can click on the branch name . . .

 

 

 

 

. . . and the main College Avenue page opens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also get to that main page by scrolling down on the homepage to where it says Find your branch, opening the menu and clicking the name of your branch.

 

 

 

If you miss the big page that lists all the locations, you can go to the white Using Your Library block and click the Locations & Hours link . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 . . . and the list of locations appears. Any of those location names is a link that will take you to the branch’s main page.

 

 
Back to list at top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downloadables

 

 

 

 

Downloadable eBooks & audiobooks can be linked to from the Entertainment block. . .

 

 

 

 

. . . or fromthe menu that appears if you point at the CATALOG heading on the menu bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . or by clicking on Your Library @ Home in the Using Your Library space.

 

 

 

Back to list at top.

 

 

 

 

Online Databases (and Gale Virtual Reference Library)

 

 

Our iLibrary online databases can be linked to from the Resources block . . .
 

 

 

 

. . .

 

. . . or under the menu bar when you point at RESEARCH.

 

 

 

 

And if you take one of the paths to the downloadables . . ., you’re going to a page that also brings in the iLibrary online databases and the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Just scroll down . . .

. . . and make your selection.

 

Back to list at top.

 

 

  Events

 

 

If you point at EVENTS on the menu bar, you’ll see a menu that includes the Calendar of Events, Featured Events, Events for Kids, Booksales and Board Meetings.

But if you click on EVENTS . . .

 

 

. . . or if you click Events & Workshops  on The Resources block, either click will take you . . .

 

 

. . . to a page that sports a clickable calendar, lists featured events, and offers a slightly varied events menu.

  

Back to list at top.

  

Ask a Librarian

 

 

 

To open the email box that allows you to send your Ask a Librarian question,point at MY LIBRARY on the menu bar and click the link in the Services & Amenities column . . .

 

 

. . . or scroll down the homepage to the link on the right-hand side of the page.

 

 

Back to list at top.

 

 

Blogs–Kids’ Blog, Reader’s Connection, Teen Scene

 

 

 

 

The Reader’s Connection and the Kids’ Blog are still living on the homepage, if you scroll down a little . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 . . . but you can point at CATALOG on the menu bar and click Reader Blogs under What’s Hot . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 . . . or click Reader Blogs on the block called The Entertainment . . .

 

 

 

 

. . . and be taken to a page that brings Teen Scene in with the other two.

 

Back to list at top.

 

 

Staff Picks

 

 

  

 

 There’s a Staff Picks link on The Entertainment . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . and if you point at CATALOG on the menu bar, you can select the Staff Picks link under What’s Hot.

 

 

 

Back to list at top.

 

 

 

 

Info Guides

 

 

There’s an Info Guides link on The Resources . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . and another appears if you point at RESEARCH on the menu bar.

 

 

 

Back to list at top.

 

  

World Language Lab

 

 

 

 

A World Language Lab link appears when you point at RESEARCH on the menu bar.
 

 

 

Back to list at top.

 

 

 

 

 

The Learning Curve

 

 

Information about Central Library’s Learning Curve can be linked to from the Using Your Library block.

 

 

Back to list at top.

  

 

Tutor.com

 

 

Homework Help, College Help and Adult Ed & Career Help all live at Tutor.com, an outside service you can link to from any of those three links on the RESEARCH menu . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . or by clicking on Job Center or Homework Help on The Resources .

 

 

 

 

Back to list at top.

   

 

Most Popular

 

 

What are the library’s most popular titles? You’ll still be able to find out, either by clicking Most Popular on The Entertainment block . . .

 

 

 

. . .or by pointing at CATALOG on the menu bar and clicking Most Popular.

 

 

 

Back to list at top.

 

 

 

New Arrivals

 

 

You can have a look at what’s new either by scrolling down on the homepage and clicking on More new arrivals . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . or pointing at CATALOG on the menu bar and clicking the New Arrivals link.

 

 

 

 

 

Back to list at top.

 

 

Digital Collections

  

 

 

Our digital collections can be reached by pointing at CATALOG on the menu bar and clicking the link.

Behold, the Shortridge yearbooks will be awaiting you, and the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum Collection, and the Irvington Oral Histories, and . . .

 

Back to list at top.

 

 

Books, Movies & Music

  

 

 

The Books, Movies & Music page can be reached from the block of links called The Entertainment . . .

 

 

 

 . . . or by pointing at CATALOG on the menu bar and clicking the link there.

 

 

Back to list at top.

 

 

 

 

Support the Library

 

 

If you point at SUPPORT on the menu bar, you’ll see a link to the Library Foundation’s website, a link to their page that allows you to sign up as a Friend of the Library, and a link to a page about volunteering at the library.

 

 

Back to list at top.

 

Kids’ Pages

 

 

There’s a link to the Kids’ Collection on The Entertainment . . .

 

 

 

 

 

. . . and another appears when you point at CATALOG on the menu bar.

 

Back to list at top.

 

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4 comments »

  1. Deb says:

    Seriously well done! Thank you for doing this.

  2. Trish says:

    Looks really cool, needed some sprucing up :)

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Did you take down the Chapter a Day tab? That’s too bad. I enjoyed looking at that.

  4. Glenn says:

    Thanks for your comment, Elizabeth. We haven’t yet connected Chapter a Day to our new website, and whether we’ll keep the service is being debated. Your comment will be taken under consideration.

    Glenn Halberstadt
    Reader’s Connection

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