The month of October is going to be another month of change at DPL. If you haven’t heard we are switching our operating system from TLC to Koha. Our go-live day is Monday, October 1st, 2018. Decatur Public Library will be closed for staff training that day and will re-open Tuesday, October 2nd at 10:00 am. When patrons will see a brand new “card catalog” and will notice a few new services. We ask you to please be patient with the changes. Just as things will look different to you, they will look completely different to the staff, as well. We will be working out kinks and getting used to the new features, just like our patrons. While we are sure there will be a few problems, we will work hard to try to make this as painless as possible.
Some of the new perks with Koha will be that you will be able to put items on hold from our online catalog. And not just items that are currently checked out, you will be able to put holds on books and items that show available. If you see an item you want, you click to put it on hold, and once the staff has pulled it and put your name on it, you will receive an email or text that it is ready to pick up.
Another perk is once we get everything up and running, you can recommend purchases online. The best part about this is you will receive either a confirmation the item will be purchased or a message that we will not be able to purchase the item. No more guessing and hoping your recommendation will be seen.
If you are looking for the October task for the Adult Reading Challenge, you are in luck again. We are so busy with the Koha switch we need the task to be an easy one. This month read a book by your favorite male author. This is your treat for this month. Try out the new catalog while looking for a book for this task and remember we are working hard to make your DPL the best we can.