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Friday, September 30, 2011                 Issue No. 72


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New Library CatalogCOMING SOON!

New Library Catalog

The library is about to launch a new user-friendly library online catalog and circulation system. The new catalog will offer many great benefits to library cardholders, including:

  • keeping a reading history
  • receiving new item alerts by email
  • sharing titles with your Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking accounts
  • user-friendly access for smart phones and other mobile devices
  • texting call numbers to your phone
  • being able to review books or read reviews by submitted by other readers
  • creating and saving title lists
  • easily limiting and sorting searches by type of material, publication date, audience
  • a "Did you mean..." feature if you misspell a word or name while searching
  • a Children's Catalog with picture-based searching
  • managing your account, including setting up a username and password so you don't have to remember your library card number
  • and so much more!

The new system is the mark of a new era in the Wauconda Area Library's online experience and is scheduled to go live on Thursday, October 13. "We're looking forward to 'going live' with this new system in October," says Library Director Tom Kern. "This new technology will allow the Wauconda Area Library to provide more services to our customers as well as help increase internal productivity and efficiency."

Users will be able to search more than 140,000 materials from their home computers or smart phones. The new catalog allows patrons to easily place requests on items, check accounts, check if fines or fees are due, or renew materials. Accounts can be set to receive automatic alerts by text message or by email.

Some services will be limited during our transition.

As the library installs the new system, some circulation services will be limited from October 8 until October 12. While the library is transitioning from one catalog to another:

  • Library Cardyou can check out materials, but you will need to have your library card with you. We will not be able to look up patron information with an ID.
  • We will not be able to renew items, place or fill holds.
  • You will not be able to access your account information in the library or remotely.

We apologize for the inconvenience these limitations may cause.

Also coming this fall...

The library is upgrading its entire computer system from Windows XP to Windows 7, including upgrades of all Microsoft Office programs from the 2003 version to 2010, the most recent version.

For further information, please read more about it in a special press release.

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