What is BiblioCommons?
a platform used for online public access catalogues (OPACs). It’s embedded right into library websites. Many public libraries are using BiblioCommons including Edmonton Public Library, New York Public Library, Ottawa Public Library and Vancouver Public Library.
BiblioCommons does a lot more than older generation library catalogues that only let users search for materials. Instead, BiblioCommons users get involved in making and sharing new content, commenting on the collection, and connecting with the community of people that use it.
If you regularly use BiblioCommons, you may think you know it inside-out — if so, this module should be a breeze! For most of us, though, there are at least a few features we’ve not yet explored such as tagging, video reviews, recommended lists and following other users.
How Do I Get Set Up?
- Make sure you have an active library account and you know your password
- Click the “login” box on the website and fill in your bar code number and password
Okay, I’m Signed Up. Now What?
- My Borrowing: see materials you have checked out, on hold, and recently returned. You can also see fines and pay them online.
- My Collections: track materials you have read (“Completed”), are in the middle of reading (“In Progress”), or want to read (“For Later”). There is also a section for lists you create “My Lists.”
- My Community: connect with other library users.
Part 1 – Rate and review
Read what others are saying, then click the blue “Add a Comment” button – and tell the world what you think.
- Age: suggest an appropriate age range
- Summaries: add these for items that have incomplete information (lots of other language materials are catalogued without descriptions)
- Notices: warn people about particular content
- Quotes: offer fun teasers
- Videos: include an embedded link to an online video — hosted, for example on Youtube or Vimeo.
Continue to BiblioCommons – Part 2