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Library boasts computer catalogue classes

Jacob Edwards Librarian Ashley Malouin teaches a class aimed towards older patrons on how to fully utilize the library’s computer catalogue. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
February 10, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Jacob Edwards Public Library is trying to further reach out to the community by offering classes on how to explore their catalogue system.

The computer catalogue, which is ever evolving and becoming easier and easier to use, not only allows patrons to search for books, but also suggests similar titles. Users can also pinpoint exactly what they are looking for within the book titles as well. The system can be used in the library and from home.

At a presentation Wednesday, Feb. 9, Librarian Ashley Malouin used Women's History Month as an example. Through the catalogue, she was able to search for specific themes in the books that were brought up, such as the right to vote and even extremely esoteric topics such as appropriate skirt lengths throughout the times.

They also demonstrated how to find extremely popular titles and what options users have when their home library has all of their copies checked out.

When searching for "Twilight," Malouin showed how to search for it at other libraries and to find it on DVD and audiobook.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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