Wyoming libraries are in the process of rolling out a brand new look for their library catalogs. Across the state, WYLDcat is being updated to Aspen Discovery, a product that will enhance and enrich the patron experience with a suite of added features.
Aspen makes searching for books and resources easier, pulling all library resources together in one search. Patrons can create and share lists of materials and online content or peruse curated lists created by local library staff. Readers can easily find a title in every format available, read book reviews, and even rate items and see how others rated them. If a book or other item is unavailable, a “While you wait” feature offers suggestions for similar titles. Aspen Discovery does all these things and more.
On November 1, Albany County Public Library, Natrona County Library, Platte County Public Library System, Niobrara County Library, Northwest College John Taggart Hinckley Library, and the Wyoming State Library all moved to Aspen Discovery. Other libraries will migrate to the interface over the next few months.
Libraries are encouraged to let their communities know when they launch Aspen! The Wyoming State Library has created a press release template for local use that may be found here.