Using Your Wish List

There are so many ways to find out about good books to read — television, radio, magazines, friends, the web, LibraryAware newsletters, our Pinterest account — that it is often hard to keep tracking of books you think you might like to read or listen to.  In theory you can place a hold on any book that you think might interest you, but, even if you suspend the holds so they don’t all come in at once, it can be unmanageable.

Both Enterprise (the SAILS eCatalog) and OverDrive (the eBook program) have the Wish List feature. It is different than placing a hold. It really is just a list. The advantage is when you log into your account and go to your wish list, you can choose what you are in the mood for.

To add books to a wish list in Enterprise, you first need to create a list. Click on My Lists at the top of the screen (near Log Out.) The default list is Temporary, but you can set up one or more lists by clicking on the icon that has a plus sign next to a spiral notebook. Give each list a special name — Books I Want To Read, Mystery Series I like etc. — so you know what titles you have put in each list.

When you find a title you are interested in, click on the title so you get the full record of the book. Then choose Add to My Lists by pulling down the menu in the Select an Action box. Keep doing this for any number of books. Remember this isn’t placing a hold; this is just keeping a list. When you are looking for a good book to read, log into Enterprise and go to My Lists to see what strikes your fancy. You need to click on the book to see if it’s available.

In OverDrive, you don’t need to set up a list since there is only the one kind. When you find a title you want, click on the title just like you would do to Borrow the book. Under the place that says Borrow or Place Hold is a box that says Add to Wish List.  Again, keep adding as many titles as you find interesting.

Next time you want a book in OverDrive, you can click on My Account and then Lists on the side. Your titles will show up with the available icons showing so you immediately know which titles are available.  This is especially useful if you are using a handheld device to download, but a computer to make your list.

Hope you find this as helpful as I have.