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Acorn Alerts allow you to receive notifications, via email, of new titles received in the library by selected authors or on selected subjects. This feature is only available when you have logged in under My Account.
If you are logged into your Acorn account when viewing the Full Details of a record, a link to Create an Acorn Alert will appear on the right side of the screen. Selecting this link takes you to the bottom of the record where authors and subjects can be selected for your Acorn Alert profile. When you click on an author or subject under Select an author for your alert or Select a subject for your alert, Acorn will register that author or subject under your Acorn Alerts profile. A screen message will indicate that you will be notified via email when new titles are received on the subject or by the author you have selected. You can set the frequency for your Acorn Alert notification from this screen. Click OK to go back to the catalog record to select another author or subject or to continue using Acorn.
Once you have created Acorn Alerts, the subjects and authors will appear on the opening search screen each time you log into Acorn. Clicking on a subject or author retrieves all records in the catalog that match that subject or author exactly.
If you have been searching Acorn or viewing your account, you can click on Basic Search to return to the main screen to view your Acorn Alert selections.
Click on My Account and then My Alerts Profile to make changes to the frequency of your Acorn Alerts, to automatically register the subjects and authors of books you check out, or to remove an Acorn Alert.
To delete a subject or author from your Acorn Alerts profile, choose the Remove My Alert button under My Account, copy the subject or author from an email alert or an Acorn record, and paste it into the Remove My Alert form. Multiple authors and subjects can be requested for removal using the same form.
A note about
When you select subjects for an Acorn Alert, the subject headings of the newly cataloged items you will be alerted to may not match exactly the subject headings you originally selected.
The system performs an adjacency search for keywords in the subject headings. The words in the subjects you’ve selected must appear within the same subject heading and must be adjacent to each other, but they are not required to appear in the same order as in your original selection nor are they required to appear in the same segment of the subject heading.
For example, if you selected for an Acorn Alert the subject “United States—History”, you will also be alerted when items are cataloged with the phrase “United States—History” in a subject heading (ex. “State governments—United States—History”). Likewise, you would be alerted for items cataloged with the subject heading “Constitutional history--United States” because the words “history,” “united,” and “states” are adjacent to one another.
You may want to experiment
with narrowing or broadening the subjects you’ve selected for your Acorn
Alerts by using the Subject begins with (see
or a Browse
(see Advanced Search) to view the various subdivisions that may occur
under a broader subject.
Remember to log out each time you leave Acorn.