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Library Happenings – Transfer migration taking place to change library data systems (May 13, 2015 issue)

As you read this column Wednesday morning, the migration is taking place. After months of investigation, deliberation, negotiation and preparation, our data is being transferred from one integrated library system to another. There are boots on the ground, ready to respond just in case we experience any problems. If all goes well, we will open up tomorrow morning; if not, then we will open on Friday. You may call us at 743-6533, if you have any questions.
We have been training on the new system while we’ve been closed, but we still have a ways to go before we master it. Since our new system allows us to do much more than the old one, there is much more for us to learn, not just new ways of doing the same old things.
One of the features we think you’ll like is Enterprise, our new patron interface. It will allow those of you who read eBooks to download titles directly from our catalog. There also will be a carousel of book covers to let you know which titles have recently been added to our collection.
Or, you may choose “The New York Times” or “USA Today” best-seller lists from the carousel’s drop down menu, and view them instead. The OWL catalog at https://owl.ent.sirsi.net is still a work in progress, but we are excited by the possibilities that lay just around the corner. In the meantime, we want you to know we appreciate your patience! Progress is not painless, but in the end, it is well worth the inconvenience.
Board meeting
The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. The public is welcome to attend. Please call the library if you require any special accommodations.
DAR Book
Among the new books in our History Room is a recently published two-volume set of books entitled “Legacies of Our Great Grand Mothers: Early Tennessee Women” by the Tennessee Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. These volumes contain more than 250 sketches of the lives of women who lived in Tennessee before 1850, along with portraits and genealogy charts.
The first sketch I read was about Julia Ann Marcum, and most of it was written in her own words. Her tale of a brutal encounter with Rebel marauders during the Civil War that cost her one eye and one finger left me breathless. I can hardly wait to read the rest!
These books were presented to the library by the Mary Patton and John Sevier-Sarah Hawkins Chapters of the DAR. We thank you, ladies, for this priceless gift.