Patrons of the Easton Public Library will soon be able to reserve a book and create a wish list of wanted volumes from the comfort of home.
The library will be closed Memorial Day weekend while a new online catalog system from Bibliomation is installed. The new system will allow users to place books on hold from any computer. Patrons can also sign up for emails alerting them when an item is due, allow them to renew that item and be notified when a requested item is available.
Bibliomation's one-source system will allow users to fill virtual Bookbags with a wish list of items from the library. All library catalogs in the BibliOak system including more than 40 in Connecticut will be available for browsing.
"We're migrating to a new platform that is more user-friendly," said Bernadette Baldino, director of the Easton Public Library. "We're moving toward being more independent so we don't have to rely on integrated library service providers."
The open source system is designed specifically for members of the Bibliomation consortium. The library's current provider, Horizon, does not support the platform used any longer and would charge a higher price to continue with technical support and use of the system, Baldino said.
She said the system is more intuitive than the current system. For instance, if a word is spelled wrong, it will correct it. The system will also offer suggestions based on books loaned and in the Bookbag.
"It should be a seamless switch," said Baldino. "People will be able to do more from home than they do now."
The library will be close at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, and remain closed all day Saturday, May 28. Patrons will be unable to search the catalog or renew items from home. However, databases such as iConn and reQuest, provided by the Connecticut State Library, will be available.
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