Innovative, part of Clarivate, is excited to announce The New York Public Library (NYPL) has launched its new catalog for patrons using Vega Discover, a full-featured discovery tool. The new catalog —available at nypl.org — provides millions of library card users with improved access to the Library’s extensive circulating collection. NYPL joins 60 libraries who have launched Vega Discover to the public.
Featuring enhanced browsing for books and materials available for checkout at the Library online or at its circulating branches throughout the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island—NYPL and Innovative worked together to tailor the system to meet the unique needs of its patrons. Highlights of the new catalog include:
- search results display all formats and editions of a title in one clear display;
- bookmarking titles of interest; and
- the ability to search in more languages.
The Vega Discover system also features a patron bookshelf with custom reading lists, patron account management, and both library-curated and smart showcases on related resources and topics. Discover also comes with enhanced exploration tools, powered by Syndetics Unbound’s enrichment content, such as series data, reader reviews, browse by reading level and more, as part of an engaging library experience. Vega Discover is one module in the Vega Library Experience (LX) suite, a cloud-based platform that allows library staff to easily communicate and manage the full range of materials, programs, and services available to their community.
“The New York Public Library serves an exceptionally diverse audience and it was important for us to implement a catalog that offered an intuitive and thoughtful design for patrons of all ages. The Vega Discovery system is an accessible, modern platform that enables our users to find and check out materials easily. With its ability to support more languages and consolidate content, the Library is able to better highlight materials that may be of interest to our patron,” said Stephen Betts, Acting Chief Digital Officer at The New York Public Library.
Vega LX is developed with input from leading global libraries to create a complete library experience for staff, patrons, donors, and citizens. In 2020, NYPL joined the Vega Development Partner Program. Development Partners help shape Vega’s development through advisory discussions, usability testing, and beta testing.
For over 125 years, NYPL has been a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With over 90 locations throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming, and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars.