Presentation on theme: "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."— Presentation transcript:
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 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 ing 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
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 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
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 ing or printing. They are placed on a “Kept” List
Working with a Kept List Kept Items can be printed/ ed in a variety of formats
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.