Friday, July 22, 2011

Making Interlibrary Borrowing Easier and Faster

Some exciting changes are taking place at your local library! The Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike County is converting our current TLC circulation system to the SEO (Serving Every Ohioan) system, which will enable us to better serve our patrons in a more efficient and effective manner.

The SEO Library Center, located in Caldwell, supports a consortium of 77 library systems at 176 physical locations throughout 39 counties across Ohio, using the OPLIN network.

The power of this cosortium resides in resource sharing among cosortia members, allowing small and rural library systems to have access to millions of items for their patrons, free of charge.

SEO Library Center houses, maintains, and supports a centralized share catalog database that includes over 6.7 million items with a patron database of 700,000+ borrowers.

"It is very possible with this new system that a patron can request a book one day and receive it the very next day," said Nick Slone, Adult Services Librarian. "We will have access to every item that circulates within the consortium, which puts literally millions of items at the patrons' fingertips. Patrons can browse the catalog at the library or in the convenience of their homes and have access to all the different library collections that SEO supports."

In undergoing the conversion, all branches of the library will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, August 3rd and August 4th, so that staff may participate in training. All branches will re-open at their regularly scheduled times on Friday, August 5th.

During the conversion and learning stages, bumps in the road are bound to pop up. The library staff would appreciate your patience as they familiarize themselves with the new system and ultimately make it possible to get items faster!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Ancestry Library Edition - New Online Resource

Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. It brings the world's most popular consumer online genealogy resource to our library! It's an unprecendented online collection!

Acestry Library Edition will be available as a one year trial, so give it a try and let us know what you think!

Mango Languages - New Online Resource

Mango Languages is a new online resource available to users of all public libraries in Ohio. It includes a variety of resources to help people learn practical conversation skills for languages spoken all around the world! There are more than 50 languages available!

Mango Languages will be a available as a one year trial, so give it a try and let us know what you think!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Read for the Gold" Quilt Raffle

This is a beautiful quilt, made from old race T-Shirts! Tickets are 1$ each or 10 for $5. The winner will be announced at this year's race on August 20th. It was handmade and donated by Alma Connors, Trudy Curren, and Eleanor Fujita.

If you'd like to see the quilt in person, it's currently on display in the front area of the Waverly Library, where tickets are available for purchase. Tickets will be available at all branch libraries by the end of next week.

Have a great holiday weekend!