Remember when Carnegie Public Library joined the SEO Library Consortium? Can you believe it has been over a year ago? The consortium which provides area patrons with access to literally millions of new items is going to have an upgrade. If all goes as planned you will see a new library catalog in about six weeks. There have been a lot of people throughout the consortium of 80 library systems working to make the upgrade happen and be as painless as possible.
So what will this mean to you? After May 16 and until we are working on the new system (hopefully June 7), we won't add new items to the collection. From May 30 to June 7, we will not be able to update your personal information (e.g. phone number, email address, etc.) so if you have changes please let us know now. Our online catalog will not be available from May 31 to June 7. It has been recommended that if you keep a list on the catalog of titles you want to read please use the "Email This List" option at the bottom of the catalog "My List" screen.
Area residents will still have access to more than 6.9 million books and other library materials including a huge media collection of CDs, DVDs, videos, thousands of journals and magazines, as well as numerous online databases.
Users of Carnegie Public Library will have internet access to an enormous collection of digital content that includes eBooks, audio books, audio music and downloadable videos through their online catalog provided by SEO.
The new catalog and services will be available in the library and online at www.carnegie.lib.oh.us and click "Catalog," beginning in June - the current catalog is still available now. Please be patient as library staff become comfortable with the new catalog system. For more information about the SEO Consortium go to library.ohio.gov/seo, and remember to support your local library.
(Melissa Percic is director of the Carnegie Public Library in East Liverpool)