September 24, 2010| Searching the NCAR Library got a whole lot easier and more efficient in early September, when the Library launched OpenCat, a new online catalog.
The open source application offers new advanced searching capabilities along with additional features that highlight the Library’s resources and collections. A more flexible, user-friendly interface includes images of book covers, a virtual bookshelf that enables users to browse related items on the shelf containing the resource they have selected, and other enhancements.
The Library plans to introduce more OpenCat features over time and offer tutorials on its website. It is also initiating a “Catalog Feature of the Week” that will be publicized in Staff Notes Daily.
“We are very excited to offer this new application that provides enhanced access to our resources and collections as well as lends additional research support to the scientific community,” says librarian Loretta Melhado, adding that the Library welcomes feedback and comments.