Introduction to UPCat

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Introduction to UPCat


This project is funded (in part) with a Library Services and
Technology grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services administered by the Library of Michigan


What IS UPCat?


Searchable collection of 85+ libraries


Contains 680,000+ unique titles


Contains book covers, reviews, book
excerpts, and more


Gateway to selected web resources and
MeL


Kids’ Catalog


How Do I Access UPCat?


Go to the Peter White Public Library
homepage at
http://www.pwpl.info


Under Quick Links, click on the Online
Catalog

Searching in UPCat


Users can search by Author, Title,
Keywords, Periodical Title, or Series


Users can search ONLY their library or
ALL 85+ Libraries


Libraries participating in PII (patron
initiated ILL) can place requests for
materials at other libraries.


Root Menu Bar

The root menu bar
always appears at the
top of the screen in
the online catalog.

Login ONCE to
place multiple
holds

Navigation Bar

The
Navigation
bar changes
depending
on your
options as
you are
searching the
catalog.


Search

Library

Search Terms

Search Type

Search Indexes

Sample Search: Browse Author


Example of Browse Search Results


Link to titles by clicking an
author’s name

Number of titles with that title
or author heading

Browseable list of
authors

Search Results

Search
results for
Barbara
Kingsolver

Enhanced content
and Reader Reviews

Icons indicating
format of the item

Working with Search Results


Click Details
to access
additional
information
and content

Add to a list for emailing or
printing. Coming soon


users will be able to create
“persistent” lists that can
remain on the system.

Click to Place a Hold or
Request for this item.

Access Enhanced Content
and Reviews

Details Screen


Call Number and item info

Link to Enhanced
Content

Links to related titles

Link to Reader
Reviews

A Look Inside


Enhanced Content


Catalog Record Tab


Reader Reviews


Add your own review

Read reviews
from others

Sample Search: Global Warming
ALL Libraries and Title Keyword


Search Results


Global Warming


Detailed Info with

Enhanced Content


Book Review and TOC


Placing a Hold


Click the Place Hold
Button

Place Hold Screen


Enter your
barcode or
ALT ID and
PIN number.

If you don’t
know your PIN
number, or
you’d like an
ALTID, see
your librarian.

Suspension
dates can be
added to
save your
place in the
hold queue.

Books by Mail Pilot


NOTE: In the future,
there will be an
additional option to have
the item MAILED to your
home for those patrons
participating in a Books
by Mail Pilot Project. Be
watching for additional
information.

Hold Confirmation Screen


My Account







Login to your account to view and/or manage
current checkouts, bills, and holds.

Enter your Barcode or Alt ID

and PIN Number

Click to Display Your Information

View Current Checkouts, Bills, and Holds


View, Cancel, or Suspend Holds


Additonal Options on the
Search/Home Page


Reading Lists, Bestsellers,
and Special Collections

Search for
audiobooks
to be played
on your
computer,
burn to CD,
or transfer to
an iPod or
other portable
device.

Advanced
Search
Option

Search MeLCat for
additional titles not
found in UPCat.

Power Search

The Power Search
allows you to create
more complex
searches using AND,
OR and NOT


Use the Power
Search to create
more complex
searches using
AND, OR and NOT

Call Number
Searching is also
available

Recommended Reading and Best
Seller Lists


Kids’ Library



Submenu for “Spooky

Select another item
from the graphical
menu to complete
your search.

Search Results


from Kids’ Catalog


Item Details for Kids’ Catalog Search


Call Number and
shelving location of item

Links to related items and ability to browse
“nearby items on shelf.”


Nearby Items on Shelf



aka Call Number Search


Find it Fast!


Find it Fast is
a graphical
search menu
for adults.

Lexile Level Searching


The online catalog includes a search by
reading level.


The
Lexile Measure

is a number indicating
the reading demand of the text in terms of
semantic difficulty (word frequency) and
syntactic complexity (sentence length).


The
Lexile scale ranges from below 200 for
beginning
-
reader material to above 1700 for
advanced text.




Lexile Chart






You can learn more about how to equate
Lexile scores to reading levels by reading
MetaMetrics' FAQ on the subject at
http://www.lexile.com
.

AR and Lexile Search


Sample of Lexile Search


Search Results from Lexile Search


“Kept” List Option


A “Keep”
button is
available to
select items
for emailing or
printing.

They are placed
on a “Kept” List

Working with a Kept List


Kept Items can be
printed/emailed in a
variety of formats


Bibliography


Brief Format

Other Features in UPCat



Participating libraries can link to MeLCat, a resource
sharing system for all of Michigan, or download audio books
from OverDrive. New libraries can be added to either
service on a regular basis.

Web Resources







Librarians selected links to reference
and other useful resources for patrons.

Web Resources



World Wide Web Links


Contact Us


Use this option
to send a
question or
comment to the
library.

Questions?