Big changes are in the works at the library as we transition to a new integrated library system. What’s that you ask? The integrated library system is the computer software that is used to run all library operations from ordering and cataloging new materials to finding and circulating materials. The software is a product of The Library Corporation, a West Virginia based company that has been in business for 40 years and serves more than 4,500 libraries worldwide. The library will be closed for two days on Monday and Tuesday, March 30th and 31st while the new software and data are installed and the staff is trained on the new system.
When doors open on April 1st library patrons will find a whole new interface on the online public catalog (PAC). The responsive web design will automatically scale to accommodate display sizes ranging from smartphones to tablets to large touch screen computer monitors. The attractive and easy-to-use interface will offer a “My Account” area where patrons can create lists, check holds and maintain lists of books they have read if they choose to do so. The PAC will offer seamless incorporation of eBooks and other digital content without leaving the PAC to go to other sites. Searches will also yield results from articles contained in some library databases without a separate search.
There will be an attractive app-like interface for young kids as well. Colorful pictures will lead children to areas of interest such as soccer, dragons, planets, pirates and more. An engaging puppy named Scout will encourage kids to explore the treasures of the library.
We look forward to providing patrons with a library catalog that is easier to use and similar to other Internet interfaces used for shopping and other online activities. As we transition, please help us by telling us your experiences with the new system so that we can tweek the system as needed.
Do you like green eggs and ham? Is Dr. Seuss’Foot Book your family’s favorite read? Join the children’s department on Monday, March 2nd from 3:30 – 5:00 pm to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday with a Read Across America celebration. From there to here, from here to there. Celebrate Dr. Seuss everywhere!
If the ground hog was right and the weather cooperates, spring is just three weeks away. Spring is a great time to plan a visit to the Morris Museum, the Intrepid or the Grounds for Sculpture. Check out a free museum pass with your library card to visit one of these great museums. Keep an eye on the library website where you will soon be able to reserve museum passes for specific dates online. We hope to roll the reservation system out in mid-March and will provide more information in this newsletter next month. Until then, you can still get a pass by coming into the library to see what’s available on a particular day. The museum pass program is made possible by the Friends of the Summit Free Public Library. If you are not already a “Friend”, please join and help provide more museum passes and other enhanced programs and services at the library. The Friends next general meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st at 7:30 pm at the library. Hope to see you there!
Check out the library website and Facebook page for information on more programs and services. The website iswww.summitlibrary.org. Library hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Hope to see you soon!
Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library