Don’t you love the new library catalogue? A pleasure to operate, isn’t it?
With difficulty, one can use it. But it borders on terrible. You know it, I know it, the Web team knows it. They as much as admit the failings of the system on the TPL Webteam blog, which you might want to read or subscribe to. (Check developer Dara Renton’s workstation.) You can just feel the writers holding back from saying what they really think. They’re the ones who have to live with it day in and day out.
However, before you storm the Reference Library with flaming pitchforks, understand that there are very few vendors of software for library catalogues and even fewer that can handle what is reputed to be the world’s largest public library. They’re kind of stuck, which means we are too.
On the plus side, the new computers that are being installed in branches have finally, at long last, gotten rid of the worst browser ever created, IE6, replacing it with IE7 and Firefox. (Both!) Real sites now look more or less correct, and you as a library patron may join the 21st century and use tabbed browsing to watch your Farsi videos and old episodes of Happy Days.