We recently updated the software that runs our OPAC to a version that allows for better integration with ebooks. The name of the software is Follett Destiny and it is quite effective in managing our catalog. Sadly, a couple of our favorite OPAC features were changed with the most recent update.
The first change is the landing page. The library OPAC’s address is http://library.istianjin.net. That’s easy to remember. It used to take us to a page with a tree on it, which was not the page where we could log in. This prompted us to remind people to “Watch out for the tree!” and to first enter the library OPAC by clicking on the blue IST Library link.
That tree is now gone, replaced by the Follett Destiny logo. Trying to log in from that logo page will still result in an error message, but now we don’t have the handy reminder that we’re outside of the library because trees do not grow inside libraries. If you have any ideas for an easy way to remind people to enter the library proper, please let us know in the comments.
The second change is the location of the call number relative to the cover image. It used to be that the call number would be conveniently placed below the cover image, if there was one. Now the call number is to the right of the books cover image, making it less obvious. While we can understand changing the tree to the software’s name, we don’t know why the company changed the location of the call number. It’s still visible though, so we can continue to use it to help us locate books on the shelves — something that grade 2, 3, and 4 students have had a lot of practice with lately. They’re experts at using the call number to find books.
I don’t have a screenshot of what a book record used to look like, but this is what it looks like now.
Have you noticed any other changes with the new update? Let us know in the comments.