Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Our New Automation System

Some patrons have asked us what we will be doing while the Library is closed October 1-6. A couple have even expressed great relief that we’re getting a new air conditioning unit! No, we’re not installing new air conditioning, although we are hopeful that will happen in the not too distant future. What we are installing is a new cataloging system. Our cataloging system keeps track of all the items in the Library, all our patron records, and what fees are owed. This represents a very large amount of data, and it will take several days to transfer all of it over into the new computer system.

During the change over, Library staff will be busy, even though we will not be checking items in or out. We will be training on the new system, and catching up on other projects in the Library.

Although there won’t be obvious differences in routine check ins and check outs, there will be many improvements in convenience for patrons. One big change is that patrons will be able to change their pin number and update other information in their own record. Also, patrons will have the option to keep a record of books they have read. Searching the system on a specific subject will be more convenient, also.

The Library’s goal in making this change is improved service to our patrons. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward.


  1. Hi

    Just happened to see your site.

    I think your library is installing a new library management system,not a new cataloging system.



  2. Our new system does a lot! But we refer to it as a cataloging system, as that is all the public will see.