Social Networking Tools in the GMR Lending Library
Thanks to enhancements to our vendor, EOS, there are now ways for you to interact with the GMR Lending Library and the records in it. The Lending Library consists of many professional development materials that are only offered to GMR members to check out. It is a little something extra we wanted to make available to help you offer the best service possible to your patrons. As a reminder, we also include in our collection, past MLA web sessions. You can check these items out, review the materials and send the evaluation back to earn MLA CE Credit.
Some of the new social networking enhancements:
- Patron Ratings: You can rate items on a 5-star rating system. The ratings are anonymous and you will see an aggregate rating for each item in the catalog. The current rating displays when viewing the complete display of a record. You can mouse over the stars to rate the title and refresh the title list to view the new average. To rate an item you must log in to your account. (If you do not have an account and would like one, please email gmrlib [at] uic.edu.) When there are enough ratings for items, you will be able to sort titles in a search by rating.
- Patron Reviews: Not only can you rank items, you can now review items! If you have ever used a site like Amazon and noticed that people might have written a review of the item you are considering purchasing, you can now do this in our catalog. You must sign in to your account to post a review. If you write a review and then decide you want to delete it, you can do so from My Account > My Reviews. Patron reviews are moderated.
- Patron Profile: You can now create a profile if you like! Similar to Facebook or MySpace, you can enter in your interests, favorite book, favorite movies and what you like most about being a librarian. (Additional question suggestions are welcome!) to do this, log in to your account. On the top of the screen, you will see My Account. Click on this and go to My Profile. There will be a link to “Edit Profile.” How can others see your profile? Review an item and once it’s been approved, your review will be a link to this online profile you have created. If you choose to not create an online profile, there will be no link.
Try them out! Let us know if you like these new features. We are always taking suggestions on how we can offer titles in the GMR Lending Library that meet your needs.