Searching Made Easier - Westchester Library System Catalog Now Searchable on Popular Search Engines

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The Westchester Library System (WLS) is pleased to announce that patrons can now view catalog records via basic browser searches.

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WLS’s new web visibility is part of our continuing efforts make the library more accessible to all County residents. Patrons can access the catalog from home or on mobile devices without a visit to the library website. Terry Kirchner, Executive Director.

Patrons using popular search engines, like Google, Bing, Siri and Yahoo, can find library item records in search engine results when searching for a title and including “Westchester Library System.” This exciting new tool makes items in the online catalog more readily accessible to patrons in their homes or on mobile devices at their convenience, without requiring a visit to the library website to search for an item. Over time, patron use will help to improve Westchester Library System’s relevance in search engine results. The increase in relevance means that engines will be able to deliver library catalog records without requiring that “Westchester Library System” be included in the search. Eventually simple title searches will pair a searcher’s geo-location with result data and identify local libraries with the desired item.

Previously library catalog records could not be found on search engines because library records, known as MARC records, cannot be read by search engine crawlers. MARC records contain rich, in-depth metadata for each library item. Unfortunately, MARC was designed prior to the popularization of the internet, and was not created to be compatible with web crawlers. Consequently, only the most basic record data, such as title and author, have been visible to the web. The current effort to make library resources more readily visible to patrons is a product of BLUEcloud Visibility, a tool created by the WLS’s software provider, SirsiDynix.

About the Westchester Library System
The mission of the Westchester Library System is to ensure that all residents have seamless access to excellent library service throughout Westchester County. The Westchester Library System serves as a center of innovation for the Westchester County library community. WLS provides model programs, affordable and easy-to-use information technology, and support services that enable libraries to continuously improve service to their communities. For more information, please visit

About SirsiDynix
SirsiDynix connects people with knowledge at more than 23,000 libraries around the world. Through library management technology and search and discovery tools, libraries using SirsiDynix technology bring relevant resources and the power of knowledge to their users and communities. To find out more, visit

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