LITTLE CURRENT—The Little Current Lions were on hand for a special open house at the Northeast Town Public Library recently to make an official presentation of a donation of $3,500 toward the library’s new Joint Automation Serve Initiative (JASI) operating system.
Head library Karen Gallo explained that the Northeast Town library is part of the Ontario Library Services North consortium, of which JASI is a part.
“We now have an online pubic access catalogue,” Ms. Gallo said.
For the past three months, two staff people and Ms. Gallo have been working Mondays and Tuesdays to get all the library’s titles re-barcoded and they thanked the library’s patrons for their patience while the library was closed on Tuesdays.
“The new system is very beneficial,” she said. “(Online), patrons can now place items on hold and renew once. New books at the library will also flash across the screen.” Email addresses can also be registered with notifications sent to one’s email about when a book or DVD needs to be returned.
“The old system served us really well, but it was no longer supported,” Ms. Gallo added.
All patrons must have a new library card and are encouraged to do so soon to enjoy all that JASI has to offer.
Ms. Gallo thanked the Lions for their generous donation, which came from Catch the Ace funds.
The total cost of the new system upgrade was just under $11,000.
“I also thank the staff for all the grueling hours put in,” she said, ensuring patrons that those same staffers would be happy to walk them through the new system.
The Northeast Town Public Library hours from now until the end of August are: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm; closed Sundays and Mondays.