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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

myCatalog: How to Sign Up Today

For the last several months DPPL patrons (that means YOU) have had the chance to try out our new catalog searching experience. Its brand name is BiblioCommons but we're calling it mycatalog and you can access the DPPL gateway here:

The most important thing you need to know as a new user - you'll need to spend a few minutes creating an account. It's a short, simple process because mycatalog can access much of your account information from our former catalog. You'll see the login box on the right side of the screen - type in your library card barcode number and your current password to get started.
  • VERY IMPORTANT. You will need to create a screen name for yourself - choose something that is meaningful to you and easy to remember. If privacy is a concern, choose a nickname rather than your real name but PLEASE do not use your library card number as your screen name. When logging into the new catalog, you will be able to use your screen name OR your familiar library card number.

  • MOST IMPORTANT. If you have been using the word "patron" is your password, you MUST CHANGE IT in this new catalog. Not doing so will create a serious security risk, so please, take it upon yourself to create a new password. If you forget your password at any time, you can reset your password via email (so add your email address to your account).

Once your account is set up, take mycatalog for a spin! Try searching, using the search box located at the top of every screen. Try placing a hold on an item. Notice that you can: create lists of books you've read, write your own comments and ratings on individual items, "follow" other users whose interests are similar to yours.

It will take some getting used to as the information displays differently than our current catalog, but thousands of DPPL patrons have already signed up and report that they love it! Give it a whirl today!

Below, easy instructions for myCatalog use. This brochure is available at the library, as well. For easier reading, click on the images below to open each page -with larger type - in a new window:

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