How to Use the Catalog: Get Social

Our Social Catalog

Share your opinion on what you read, watch and listen to. This helps others learn more about an item and connects them to related content. In turn, comments and ratings from others can pique your interest—or warn you away!  Three emoticons: Sticking out tongue, lovey-heart eyes, and blushing.

Rate Items

Average Rating is indicated, as well as the section where you rate an item by clicking the number of stars you want to give it, changing the stars from white to blue.Rate an item to show your love or loathing!

  1. Find an item in the catalog.
  2. Click its title.
  3. Next to Rate this, choose the number of stars (including half stars) to give it.

Add Comments + More

Find Community Activity further down the item's info page and browse the sections to see what others think. Choose More to see all sections, and select a section and then Add if you have something to say. 

Community Activity with several sections: Comment, Age, Quotes, Summary, Videos and Notices, a More tab, and an Add button.

Comment: What did you like or dislike? Would you recommend it to others?

Age: Enter a recommended age or age range.

Quotes: Add favorite quotations from the item.

More: Choose this to reveal the bottom options.

Summary: Add a short summary.

Video: Add video links to related book or movie trailers, music videos, reviews, interviews, etc.

Notices: Add a notice to advise others about content. 

Note: Any item for which you add details will automatically go on your Completed Shelf. Your additions will be public unless you make the item private. Learn more about privacy for shelves.

You can edit or delete details later by choosing the edit option and removing the text or selections you made. 

Add Tags

Tags box for the book Wonder, including: bullying, sad, friendship, inspiring, with a link to Add more tags.

Tags describe an item in one or two words. Get at-a-glance insight what an item is about and select a tag to see other items with the same tag. To add your own tags:

  1. Go to the tags section on an item (the lower right on large screens or near the bottom on small screens).
  2. Click + Add to enter four different types of tags: Genre, Tone, Theme and Personal. Personal tags are private only to you. Other tags are publicly visible but anonymous.

Follow + Message Users

See a great comment or list? You can follow the user who made it, view their public shelves and message them. When you follow users, what they share shows on your Library Dashboard under Get Ideas.

  • You cannot follow users anonymously; it appears in their profile.
  • Everyone you follow (and who follows you) is publicly available in My Profile > Community.

Follow from a C

  1. Select the person's username:

    A sample review, with the user's name, austinbibliophile, circled.

  2. Choose Follow. You can also select View Profile to learn more about them. 

Follow from a List

Click the list creator's name below the List title and select Follow button on their profile.

An arrow points out AustinPL_TeenSvcs as a link on the list, Graphic Novels.

Message + More
When viewing a profile, you can send the person a Message, Ignore them, and view their full Profile, which shows their Shelves and ListsIf available, choose Read More to learn about the person. 

Image of the top of a profile, pointing out the Shelves, Lists and Read More options.