Wednesday, March 28, 2007


The keyword search in the catalog searches nearly everywhere: author, title, publisher, notes, subjects, call numbers. Then it groups your results by its best guess as to relevance, AND within the relevance groups puts the newest title on top. You can make it fill very particular wishes.

One of our readers sent us this little poem:
Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books
is a mile high
How I love them!
How I need them!
I'll have a long beard
by the time I read them.
- Arnold Lobel
along with the question, "Isn't he the one who wrote that great book about the pig?"

Well yes, apparently so. A quick keyword search in the catalog —lobel pig—pops up exactly what we want. What's the newest title we have by David McCullough? Ask the keyword search by simply entering his name. It neatly gives all his titles in the first relevance group, arranged with the most recent on top and reaching back to his 1977 title, . Isn't there a Jane Goodall book with hope in the title? goodall hope (Actually there are two.) Do we have a recording of Horowitz playing Chopin ballades. chopin ballade horowitz And so on. The machine isn't always right about what is most relevant, but it works beautifully much of the time... Try asking for what you want and see if you get it. :-)

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