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Library Happenings – Changes coming with holds (Feb. 11, 2015 issue)

Big changes will be coming to your library this spring. In fact, they already have begun. Some of you have noticed that you no longer are able to place holds on items owned by East Tennessee State University or Northeast State Community College through our catalog. If you want to borrow books from the academic libraries at ETSU or Northeast State, simply visit or call the library at 743-6533 and we will reserve them for you through the alternative system we use to borrow books from libraries across the state.
The next change you are likely to notice will occur March 30. Beginning on that date, you won’t be able to place holds on items belonging to us or the other public libraries in our consortium. This temporary restriction will be put in place to ease our migration to a new integrated library system in May. Holds placed before the March 30 deadline will remain active until they expire or are filled.
When the migration has been completed, you may once again reserve items owned by us and our public library partners in the OWL (Organization of Watauga Libraries) consortium through our new—and improved—website and public access catalog.
I spent three days last week in training on the new system, and that was just the beginning. I will be attending training sessions for the next month and then bringing what I learn back to the library and passing it on to the rest of our staff. This migration is a big job, but we are excited about the many benefits it will herald for us and for you.
Book News
When, as a young writer, novice Harper Lee completed her first novel, it was about a woman called Scout who returns home to Maycomb, Ala. to visit her father, Atticus. Does that sound familiar, or maybe just not quite right? Lee’s editor advised her to rewrite the most compelling part of the story from the point of view of Scout as a young girl. She did as the editor suggested, and her manuscript “Go Set a Watchman” was transformed into the cherished American masterpiece “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The original story was lost and largely forgotten. Until now.
Lee’s lawyer recently discovered the manuscript in a “secure location” and realized it was not just a draft of the published novel. After lying neglected for 55 years, “Go Set a Watchman” will be published on July 14. Since it concerns many of the same characters and is set 20 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the book is expected to read something like a sequel to Lee’s beloved classic. Since readers have been hungering for a sequel for more than half a century, expect demand for this book to be heavy. And yes, I’ve already ordered a copy for the library.