La Porte County Public Library staff have worked on two projects during the COVID pandemic to enhance resource offerings for library customers.

This spring, LPCPL staff added local and county website resource records to the Library catalog for the purpose of offering customers quick access to county resources while they are searching the catalog for information on related subject areas. 

This work was completed in June and the result was the addition of 293 records covering groups and agencies in agribusiness, education, libraries, communications (newspapers and radio), utilities, local government, breweries and wineries, transportation, local business, social services, economic development, criminal justice, non-profits, arts and culture, event centers, parks and recreation, food pantries and medicine. 

Borrowers can see all the records that were added by providing a search on the terms “web sites” or “local resource.”  The formats for these records would be eResource.  Users could filter further by Subject to view resources under more specific discipline.

More recently, staff have begun creating records for the Library Catalog that will link to resources made available by the Library of Congress Digital Collections department.  So far, films and videos have been added which can be searched by the term “National Film Resource”.  Soon library staff will be adding other formats in this collection including audio recordings, notated music, books, and printed material, maps, newspapers, archived websites, photographs, prints, and drawings, as well as other mixed materials.  Once complete we will have added 545 resources that will link from the catalog to the Library of Congress portal for customer use.

We hope catalog users will find these additional records valuable in their information retrieval.

Posted on August 3, 2020

by Michael Sheehan

Category: Public Services

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