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Library Happenings – Preparations now underway for move toward new system (March 18, 2015 issue)

As you may know from previous columns, we will be migrating from our current ILS (Integrated Library System) to a new one in May. Staff from all of the libraries in the OWL (Organization of Watauga Libraries) Consortium have been preparing for the big move by cleaning up records and attending classes and webinars for about six weeks.
The first change you might have noticed was your inability to place a hold in our catalog on items belonging to ETSU and Northeast State Community College. That occurred the first of January.
The next change will take place March 30. In order to facilitate the migration, you will no longer be able to place holds on any items, whether they belong to us or the other libraries in our region. This change is temporary, and you may place holds again as soon as the new catalog is operational in May. Any holds initiated before the deadline will remain in place until filled, even throughout the migration.
As we who live or work in Erwin well know by now, the price of progress is a little inconvenience. At least our migration will not take nearly as long as the road work. And there will be ample compensation for those who endure!
One of the features I think you’ll like is the option to retain your checkout history. You may choose to enable or disable the history feature at any time by logging into your library account online.
Checkouts of eBooks also should be simplified with the new Symphony system. And our new Enterprise interface will be a lot more stylish than our current library catalog. As for certain other coming attractions, I’ll be able to mention other highlights of the system after our “parliament of OWLs” gather and make decisions that are binding on the consortium as a whole. Stay tuned!
Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m., on Thursday, March 19. The public is welcome to attend. Please call the library at 743-6533, if you require special accommodations.
Story’s Anniversary
Story, our library cat, has been greeting visitors (and occasionally tracking inky paw prints across the circulation desk) for nearly a year. Her anniversary with us will be March 21. Stop in soon and say Hello! Story loves the attention.
Free Encyclopedias
We have several sets of old encyclopedias in our basement book sale that we would be happy to give to anyone willing to give them a good home.