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Facebook App Enables Library OPAC Searches

Syndetic Solutions, ProQuest’s OPAC and discovery layer enrichment tool, introduced a free Facebook app for its library subscribers. Patrons who follow a library on Facebook can access its catalog and search for books all within the new app.

“Providing patrons seamless access to local library catalogs directly through Facebook is a new opportunity for libraries to stay connected to their patron base,” says Sharon Lubrano, VP and general manager of research solutions at ProQuest.

Libraries interested in using the app can follow the setup instructions. When the app is installed, a Search the Catalog button appears on their Facebook pages and patrons can begin clicking on the button to search library holdings by topic or keyword. Search results include title, author, ISBN, and other library-specific elements such as summaries and sample chapters. There are links to the library’s OPAC so patrons can place holds on titles.

Users can also click to like books in the app. The titles are displayed on their individual Facebook pages so others can see what books interest them.

Source: ProQuest

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