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Liverpool library unveils new catalog

Patrons of the Liverpool Public Library, as well as all Onondaga County public libraries, now have a variety of new ways to locate and reserve materials.

On Oct. 23, LPL held a launch party for the new Polaris Integrated Library System, a new catalog system. The new system will make it even easier for library patrons to view the materials held by the library.

The Polaris system represents a technological upgrade from the existing system, said LPL Executive Director Elizabeth Dailey.

"We keep all of the good things we already had, and we add all kinds of new features," Dailey said. "It continues what we have been doing with technology at the library."

This summer, LPL unveiled a new website, designed by Director of Information Technology Jean Armour Polly.

Dailey said the new catalog will closely resemble commercial sites like Amazon.com.

"[Patrons will be able] to see book covers, book summaries, tables of contents and various enriched content," she said. "And you can set yourself up to get e-mail notifications that your materials are almost due, or that new materials have been added."

The Polaris system also allows users to select their primary language -- English, Spanish, Vietnamese or Korean. They can also take advantage of "real simple syndication" (RSS) feeds, book reviews, news on CD and DVD releases and saved searches. A new children's catalog specially designed for young readers uses animated tools and graphics and a customizable search screen.

Denise Headd, public information specialist for the Onondaga County Public Libraries, said the system will make everything easier and more accessible.

"With the new system, library users can easily check personal accounts," Headd said. "Patrons can check the status of holds, cancel requests, review fines and fees and quickly renew materials online. An online patron registration feature makes library card sign-up easier than ever."

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