Evergreen to Highlight Innovative Catalog Features at ALA

The Evergreen community will be highlighting some of the ways the Evergreen catalog helps users find the material that they need at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago later this month.

It’s a Popularity Contest — Innovation in the Evergreen Catalog is scheduled for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24 in room W177 in McCormick Place. Elizabeth Thomsen of the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) will be facilitate the session.

If you’re attending ALA, please join us for this meetup. Even if you’re not attending ALA, please share this information with others in your Evergreen library / consortium so that they know of this opportunity to learn about these features and to meet with other Evergreen users and those who are interested in using Evergreen.

In this session, we’ll look at features that help users find the material they want. The use of popularity data to enhance the relevance of search results is just one new feature in the Evergreen library system catalog. In addition to recent circulations, relevancy in Evergreen can be enhanced by taking into account the number of copies held, the number of holds, or newness. The factors offer a range of possibilities that can be customized for each library’s needs and clientele, and are available in Evergreen’s current release.

Also in the most recent release, Evergreen has improved on its long-standing ability to group formats and editions. Wading through long pages of search results that are primarily different formats and editions of the same work can be tedious for users. With Evergreen, the catalog is able to help the user find the work they’re seeking in fewer screens before narrowing in on the specific edition they want. Even better, if they don’t care about an edition, Evergreen will allow them to place a hold across multiple editions of a work to make the process easier for them.

Evergreen has built upon this popular feature by adding quick links in the record to other formats and editions of the work.

Attendees are also encouraged to ask other questions about Evergreen or the open-source community that supports it.

We hope to see you there!