3. OPAC (Online Patron Access Catalog) Your key to libraries throughout Colorado. How you search the catalog depends on What you are looking for. USE THIS SCREEN to start your search: How: 1. Select Soda Creek 2. Select the field(s) & enter your search criteria. NARROW YOUR SEARCH for: What: A bookset. A specific format. A subject in a specific form (fiction or non-fiction). A language other than English. How: Select the category (ies) you want in the Narrow Search column on the left. 1. Bookset (select Professional or Classroom) 2. Format 3. Form 4. Language IF YOU DON’T FIND IT or one of your search criteria can’t be met: How: 1. Change Soda Creek to Steamboat Springs Schools. 2. Select the category you want in the Narrow Search column. 3. Select Request This Title 4. Fill out the form. IF YOU STILL DON’T FIND IT, change the search box to Steamboat Springs Juvenile Collection. (This will search Bud Werner’s catalog.) When you fill out the Request form, designate Soda Creek Elementary as the pick- up site. IF YOU STILL DON’T FIND IT, change the search box to Marmot Catalog. (This will search all Colorado libraries in the Marmot system.) How: 1. Select Request This Title 2. Fill out the form. Materials from other Steamboat schools or Bud Werner are delivered to the Soda Creek Library in 1-2 days, and you will be notified to pick them up when they arrive. Libraries outside of Steamboat may take 1-2 weeks to deliver the materials.
4. Using the InterLibrary Loan SystemThe InterLibrary Loan system of Colorado libraries allows you to access materials from any participatinglibrary in the entire state. Even though Soda Creek’s collection is pretty extensive, we have neither thespace nor the financial resources to acquire all the books available for any learning project in all readinglevels.Advantages:You can have available to your students many more resources on a particular subject than are currentlypresent in the Soda Creek library.You can have multiple copies of the same title.The Soda Creek library may own some copies that fit the subject matter you are interested in, but not inthe appropriate reading level or enough for a whole class. Drawing from other libraries can eliminatethose handicaps.Procedure:1. Plan Ahead! While being able to gather in materials for your use that our own library doesn’t have in its collection is a great resource, it doesn’t happen overnight. Allow 2 weeks for the process!2. Use the OPAC subject or title search (see page 3) to find the materials you want and request those copies.3. When your materials come in, they will be placed in your pick-up tubs.4. BE AWARE!! At Soda Creek, we waive all overdue charges for teachers. This may not be true for materials that you request from other libraries. Be sure to keep track of the dates your interlibrary loans are due to avoid any charges.
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