Aspen Discovery For Libraries
An innovative online catalog designed for maximum usability by your patrons and staff. Aspen Discovery has been built with 4 main goals in mind.
Goal 1: Maximize patron usage of ALL library materials
Libraries have a wealth of information that is accessible to patrons, but that information is often very difficult to find. Aspen Discovery allows you to easily incorporate lesser known eContent sources in addition to major sources like OverDrive, Hoopla, and Rbdigital. Aspen also offers the ability to display archive content alongside results from the catalog. You can also promote specific niche collections on your catalog homepage and within your website to raise awareness of those materials.
Relevancy within Aspen Discovery is tuned to make it easy for patrons to find what they are looking for when searching the catalog and have confidence that the library owns popular titles.
Integration of NoveList and More Like this functionality help users to discovery new materials that they hadn't previously heard of.
Goal 2: Complete integration with the underlying ILS and eContent Providers
Because libraries subscribe to so many different sources of materials, patrons often need to learn multiple systems to fully use library materials.
Aspen integrates with the APIs for most major ILS and eContent providers so patrons can easily checkout or place holds on titles and easily see what materials they are currently using and what they have used in the past.
New integrations are being continually added and existing integrations are continually being refined.
Goal 3: Make it easy for patrons to use
Over the years we have done a number of in person usability studies sitting down with patrons one on one to see how they use the catalog, what they find confusing and what they wish the catalog did. Those usability studies have driven a number of changes both large and small.
A fully responsive interface makes it easy for patrons to use Aspen on any device.
Type ahead and search suggestions make it easy for patrons to find materials even if they don't know how to spell a specific title or author name.
Many subtle wording choices and placement of buttons help guide patrons to use the library more effectively.
Goal 4: Make it flexible so library administrators can customize it to their library
Only you know how to serve your patrons best so Aspen includes an extensive administration interface where librarians select which eContent collections are included, which facets are displayed, colors, fonts, and much, much more. All implementations include admin training and support so you aren't left on your own to guess what configuration options mean.
Let us show you how you can help your patrons make the most of your materials.
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