Thursday, February 7, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: LIBRARY SERVICES INTERRUPTION


The Lake Land College Library will be switching to a new catalog and automation system in April, and this is going to cause some disruptions to services to students, faculty, and staff. This will affect access to our physical library materials as well as access to materials from other libraries.

When the move to the new system (which will be called SHARE) is complete, we will be able to provide access to over 4 times the number of items presently available through the current catalog (LINC).

This will NOT affect access to all of our online library services (databases, Library web site, etc.) that provide access to over 25,000 full-text journals and over 1,000 reference books.

The timeline for the changeover from LINC to SHARE will be as follows:

March 15:             Holds will be turned off in LINC – patrons will not be able to place requests after the 14th until the new system comes up;

March 22:             ALL unfilled holds in the system will be cancelled, as they can not be migrated over to SHARE - we are recommending that ALL library users check their accounts and print a list of their holds that they will want to request again on or before the 21st;

March 22-April 8: The LINC catalog will be in search-only mode. You will be able to search for items but not to request them in LINC. Shelf status – whether an item is on the shelf or not – may no longer be accurate;
                              
April 1 – April 8: IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL USERS will have to have their library barcode present to check out materials. We will NOT be able to search our old system to look up patron information during this time, so if you do not have your ID with your library barcode, we will not be able to check out to you. We will not be able to add new users to the system at this time either, so if you do not already have a library card, please bring in your ID card and we will get you set up with your own account.

April 9 – SHARE goes live!

We will be trying to accommodate requests for materials from other libraries to the best of our ability during this time. The window from April 1-April 8 will be a real challenge to obtain items as most of our system libraries will be trying to keep as much of their local collections in house during that time as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause, and appreciate your patience as we are improving our system to better serve your information needs!

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