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Student EdTech: J1T5: Check out the library Catalog

A guide to the most common questions and tools for students

Introduction to Oliver

At WAB we have a library cataloguing system called Oliver. It has a number of super-powers that help you in your search for books, articles and eBooks / audiobooks and Kindle books.

Search for Books

Oliver front page

The front page tells us many interesting things - but it's really important to sign in first - use the first part of your email (before the @wab.edu part) and your email password.

Try doing a "i Guided tour" - it will explain how to use the catalog.

How to use the Search box

Oliver search 1

Did you know you can search in 6 different ways?

  1. You can search for an item anywhere in any of the books - this will result in a large number of items as in this case "dragon" could be the title, the series, in the description, the topic or subject or the Publisher name
  2. Oliver is smart so it suggests alternatives based on popular searches - in this case "dragonslayer"
  3. Search for Dragon as a subject
  4. Search for dragon in a series name
  5. Search for dragon in the publisher's name
  6. Search for dragon in the title

Search 2

Once you've done your search we recommend that you select "Red Scroll Library" under "Branch" to just get the books in our MS Library

Your search has resulted in 133 books - what are the results showing us and how do we now find the book we want on the shelf?

  • The green tick shows the book is available
  • The green box shows the genre location of the book and the Red box tells us where the book is in that section
  • The blue box shows us the order number of the book if it is part of a series 
  • The purple box shows us the call number if the book is a nonfiction book

 

What types of resources do we have?

types of books

Self-Checkout instructions

Oliver self-checkout instructions

How to write a review

  1. Log into catalog.wab.edu/ms
  2. Search for the book you want to review
  3. Click on the book to get the next screen
  4. Under the book on the left side you can rate the book
  5. You can also read other people's reviews or
  6. You can write your own review (reviews are monitored by the librarians before they're published)
  7. If the book is not available you can reserve it

Elements of a review:

  • Start with a couple of sentences describing what the book is about. You can discuss the characters, setting or plot - but don't give away the whole story
  • Discuss what you particularly liked about the book. 
  • Mention anything you disliked about the book. 
  • Round up your review with a conclusion
  • Give the book a rating out of five

Oliver review

 

Set up Library Link

Library Link - Set up step by step

Library Link allows borrowers to:
Search for resources and view information about them, such as availability
Scan ISBNs or barcodes to automatically retrieve resources from the system
View the library’s latest resources
View their current loans 
Check their alert messages for overdues and reservations
 
How to set up Library Link using the QR Code scan option
YOU MUST BE ON WAB MOBILE  OR 4G NOT WAB INTERNAL FOR THIS TO WORK.
1. On a device other than the one on which Library Link is installed on, navigate to the home page of your library system and login.
2. Go to My account > My details
 
My Account
 
3. Select the Library Link Setup section. A QR code similar to the one indicated is displayed.
QR Code
 
4. Using the device with Library Link installed, scan the QR Code with Library Link, go to the Library Link Setup screen and press the Scan Setup Code button.
5. The device’s camera should activate. Focus on the QR code with your device’s camera. 
6. Once your device reads the code, the Setup screen will redisplay with all of the fields filled, with the exception of the Password.
7. Enter your standard password used to login to the library system in the Password field.
8. Once all fields are completed, press the Save button at the bottom of the Setup screen.