Library logs onto online social networking

Regular visitors to the Okanagan Regional Library’s website and online catalogue will notice a big change.

Regular visitors to the Okanagan Regional Library’s website and online catalogue will notice a big change.

The agency has launched a new enhanced catalogue with social networking features.

“This enhancement really brings the ORL’s catalogue into the social networking age,” said Lesley Dieno, executive director.

“It allows customers to interact and participate in the library experience in much the same way Facebook acts for their social lives, or the way some book retail websites allow for ratings and comments.”

This new catalogue is powered through software called BiblioCommons, a company based in Toronto.

Over the past two years, BiblioCommons software has been implemented to manage catalogues at some of the largest public libraries throughout the continent including New York Public Library.

Using the enhanced catalogue means ORL customers will be able to view comments and reading recommendations from library users at all libraries that run BiblioCommons software.

“Both the previous standard version of the catalogue and the enhanced one will be available from the ORL homepage so customers comfortable with the previous catalogue can continue to use it,” said Dieno.

The ORL website can be found at www.orl.bc.ca.