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OWL changing to new catalog system at Unicoi County Public Library

From Staff Reports

The Organization of Watauga Libraries (OWL), which includes Unicoi County Public Library, is changing its catalog and circulation system from SirsiDynix to The Library Corporation’s (TLC) Library Solution software. The new system will be available to library users beginning Wednesday, March 2.

UCPL will be closed for the final data migration on Monday, Feb. 28, and open at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1. OWL member library users, including UCPL users, will not be able to place materials on hold from Feb. 25 through March 2.

 UCPL Director Selena Harmon said she is excited about the change. “It will help us better serve our community,” Harmon said. “The TLC system is more contemporary and easier to navigate than our current catalog. Not only is it simpler for staff to use, but it also provides a better experience for our users, which is the primary goal.”

TLC’s catalog system is mobile-friendly and includes new interactive features for users. For example, people can add subject and genre tags to materials to help others find them. TLC also offers automatically generated recommendations related to the titles that users view.

People will not need to get new library cards when the switch to TLC is made. All their current holds, including holds on digital materials, will automatically transfer to the new system.

 All UCPL users are encouraged to contact or visit the library to ensure their account information transferred properly to TLC.

OWL is a collaborative of public libraries that serves the northeast Tennessee area of Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties, and Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee. Libraries that are part of OWL share a catalog system where users may borrow books from other member libraries.