The computer backbone of almost all our services, including the catalog you use, is being upgraded. At some point during the day on March 14 the system will start to come back up. It will look different and work slightly differently, but generally all the services and features you are used to will still be there. There will be some new features too.
Q– Why are you doing this to me? The old catalog was perfectly fine.
A– The catalog you see and use is only one part of the computer system that manages almost everything we do. The Westchester Library System is upgrading this software or Integrated Library System (ILS). Circulation, acquisitions, cataloging are changing too.
Q– I’m nervous that I won’t be able to use the new catalog. Are you scheduling any training?
A– Yes. Whenever possible during the first few days we’ll station a librarian at the catalog computer in the Reading Room. He or she will be glad to show you how to use it. Just be aware that we are learning a new thing too. During the week of March 25 Head of Reference Liam Hegarty will give a presentation three times. Monday at 7pm, Thursday at 2pm and Saturday at 10am. Also we’ll be posting tips and tricks here.
Q – Why did Larchmont have to change? I thought you were an independent library?
A – We are, but we share the ILS with the 37 other public libraries in the county. This shared ILS allows you to place holds on books owned by other libraries and to return items at any library. Cataloging is done at the Westchester Library System for all the libraries at a significant savings. There’s plenty more. Just ask any librarian and he or she would be glad to bore you at great length.