On April 18, 2022, Cook Memorial Library launches a new and improved public online catalog, which can be found at https://catalog.tamworthlibrary.org.
The new catalog uses Aspen, an open source system that provides a user-friendly “discovery layer” between the library database and the public search interface. The new public catalog features attractive cover image browsing, search results that group titles in all the formats available, and easy to use search limiters so patrons can customize their searches. When signed into their library accounts, patrons will be able to create lists, save their reading histories, rate titles to find reading recommendations, and see all their library checkouts–both physical and online materials–in one place. Patrons who use NH Downloadable Books will be able to check out ebooks, digital audiobooks and magazines right from the catalog.
Library patrons who had a login account for the old catalog can use the same login for the new catalog.
In addition, the new catalog links to other online content, including Mango Languages, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Kanopy streaming video, America’s News regional newspapers, HeritageQuest genealogy, and the library’s own Tamworth history site.
The Cook Memorial Library is a member of the Northern NH Library Cooperative. The new public catalog allows users to search for materials in all four of the member libraries: Cook Memorial Library, Conway Public LIbrary, Jackson Public LIbrary, and Madison Library. Library patrons who are logged in will be able to place holds on books and other lending materials from all four libraries and have them delivered to Cook Memorial Library for pickup.
ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, provides support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for the Northern NH Library Cooperative. The cooperative’s member libraries have a good working relationship with ByWater Solutions, which has provided support and hosting for Koha, the integrated library system used by all four member libraries since 2014. Library patrons who wish to have a one-on-one tour and training on using the new online public catalog can contact Mary Cronin at the library to schedule an appointment, 603-323-8510, [email protected].