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For those of you who have time to indulge in your genealogical research this summer and are planning a trip to the Newberry, here are a few tips about the new Aeon registration and request system which will help your visit go seamlessly.
Register from home before you come. Even if you already have a blue “reader’s card,” everyone has to register online. It’s a simple process. When you do get to the library, you’ll be asked to show your id (driver’s license or photo id).
Peruse the catalog – from home or the library. When you find an item of interest, look at the full record for that item. You’ll note a large red “e” and a “Request” link. RIGHT click on the link to open a new tab or window. The Aeon login screen will come up if you’re not already logged in.
Once you’re logged in, the information from the catalog record will automatically populate a request form. Take a quick look to make sure the item looks right and then scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Here you have the option to add some personal notes. You can also schedule the retrieval of the item or keep it for your review. Use the review option if you’re not sure when you will visit or if you simply want to make a list for future research. A very handy feature!
Because you opened a new tab/window, you can pop right back over to the catalog to select your next item. You can also retrieve manuscript materials directly from the Finding Aids by using a similar process. You may find our catalog search tips helpful.
Some materials such as newspapers and directories aren’t so easy to find in the catalog. If you have the information for these from one of the other guides, you can use Aeon to submit a manual request. From the navigation menu on the left side of the Aeon screen, select “New Request”. Then click on the link for the “Manual Request Form.” Complete the form the same way you would have completed a paper call slip. The staff will be happy to assist you if you have questions.
If you’ve ever had that problem where you know you saw something of interest your last visit, but failed to make a note, you’ll be happy to know about the history feature. The system keeps track of previous requests so you’ll never again have to waste time looking for the “big red book” that had your ancestor’s name!
Be sure to stop at the circulation desk when you leave for the day so the staff can check you out.