The Pleasanton Public Library has launched a new web-based catalog designed to help users more easily browse the library's collection with enhanced search functionality, as well as better manage their library accounts online.
The BiblioCore catalog, powered by software company Bibliocommons, aims to bring city library patrons "a smarter, more assistive search experience level with prominent media companies," according to city officials.
"We think patrons will enjoy how the new catalog makes it easy to discover new books and movies, connect with like-minded readers, and share favorite titles," Tim Johnston, head of the library's technical services division, said in a statement.
Library officials point first to the improved search functions, such as natural language search now being supported -- e.g., the search string "new kids books" would return children's books acquired during the past six months. Auto-complete suggestions and a "did you mean" feature also complement assistive search, they said.
For recommendations, users can visit the new website to view titles for what to read, watch or listen to based on common themes as well as follow virtual staff accounts for curated lists of relevant works, according to library officials.
Staff-generated lists live on the homepage now include "Favorite Read Aloud Chapter Books," "Best Jewish Fiction of 2019" and "My Favorite Picture Books of 2019."
The site also features eBooks and streaming information and links to services such as research, test prep and language learning.
Another key to BiblioCore, according to the city, is its "My Library Dashboard," which gives patrons the ability to log in and rate, review or save titles to their "My Shelves" list for future reference.
Check out the new site at https://pleasantonlibrary.bibliocommons.com. For more information, contact the library's information desk at 931-3400, ext. 4. The library is located at 400 Old Bernal Ave.