Coming soon! Virtual browse

There is a update to the Catalyst interface that will be coming soon, and it has some features that we’re really excited about.  One of those features is the Virtual Browse, which lets you browse through books that would be shelved near the book that you’re looking at.  This is especially cool since our collection shows you books from multiple libraries.  Because our books are arranged by call number, books that are shelved near each other will have similar topics.  This is why we often encourage our patrons to browse the shelves around books that are of interest. The virtual browse takes this one step further: it will allow you to browse titles of books with similar call numbers regardless of which library they’re housed at.

For instance, let’s say I’m interested in bird watching.  I can do a search in Catalyst for birds and find a book that looks good:

[visual description: screen shot of the Catalyst record for the book "Birds of the World" with the location of St. Olaf Science Library highlighted.]
[visual description: screen shot of the Catalyst record for the book “Birds of the World” with the location of St. Olaf Science Library highlighted.]
If I want to see other books that would be shelved near that oen, I can scroll to the bottom of the record to the virtual browse:

[visual description: screenshot of the Catalyst virtual browse showing 6 books. The location of three of the books is highlighted: Carleton, Carleton & St. Olaf, and St. Olaf]
[visual description: screenshot of the Catalyst virtual browse showing 6 books. The location of three of the books is highlighted: Carleton, Carleton & St. Olaf, and St. Olaf]

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