Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Library Software System to be Installed Memorial Day Weekend

Wheeler Memorial Library will be making a major software change over Memorial Day weekend as the C/W MARS library network plans to install new software for all member libraries.  Local C/W MARS libraries include the public libraries in Orange.  From May 26 to May 29, some library services may be limited or unavailable.  

The new “integrated library system” is called Evergreen and will change how library staff check out materials, process inter-library hold requests, and generally conduct business at the Circulation Desk.  It will also change the online catalog, how patrons search for items, place holds, and check their library card record


Once the new system is online, there are a few current options that will not carry over to the new system.  For library patrons, this will include:

 Their Current PIN/Password: Patrons will be able to login to their online catalog account using their last name in upper case as a password. They will then be required to create a new password during that first login.
 Reading History and Current Wish Lists: For the current Reading History and Wish Lists, patrons have the ability to export lists or print from a computer. There is a button to choose "Export List" at the top of the list. Choices are limited, but the Brief Display (Author, Title, Published fields) is recommended.  These can be sent to an email address as a text file or displayed on the computer for printing. 

The last time the C/W MARS network changed their integrated library system was the fall of 1999.  The Evergreen system has many new positive features such as easily searching all network libraries in Central and Western Mass., and the ability to share reading lists and recommendations with others.  For more information please contact the Library at 978-544-2495.

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