Monday, October 12, 2009

You're Going to Love Our New Catalog!

The Natchez Adams Wilkinson Library Service will introduce a new library automation system (Polaris Library Systems), which is designed to help us improve services for library patrons.

The new system will make it easier for library patrons to search for items more easily. They will still be able to create an account, log on to the system, and do searches from their home computer (or anywhere else they have access to the Internet)! Two new features include the ability for a patron to create a ‘reading history’ of the books they’ve checked out, and to have an ‘alert’ set up so they can grab their favorite author’s newest work when it comes in. Patrons with visual impairments can enlarge the screen text with just a click of the mouse!

Patrons with email will be notified automatically when requests are available and when items are overdue and fines are owed (if they choose this option for notifications). Also, reminder emails will be sent when an item is close to being due.

Those patrons choosing "snail" mail will continue to have requests, overdue and fine notices mailed to them. As the cost of postage continues to increase, email is certainly an expense-saving option. There is also the benefit of instant notification!

The Polaris system is very easy to use. With their library card, a patron has access to their individual account, where they may make requests, renew borrowed items (however, some items may not be renewable!), update their record, and send the Library a message.

Because Polaris is web-based, library patrons will find the format is familiar and user-friendly, since it works like their computer at work or at home.

Come by and let us show you how easy it is to use the online catalog. Our new web page will also have useful links! It's coming soon.

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