The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

June 1, 2009

Alex library updates software

Library to join Evergreen network

ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria-Monroe Public Library announced that it will switch to the Evergreen Indiana library circulation software on Thursday, June 25. It will be the first library in Madison County to join the Evergreen Indiana network of libraries.

Evergreen Indiana is a rapidly growing network of nearly 50 independent public libraries throughout Indiana that share the Evergreen software. This resource sharing venture will allow patrons of member libraries to view the catalogs of other member libraries and to borrow materials from them using their Evergreen Indiana library card. It will also allow member libraries to share resources and expenses.

“For us, there was no doubt that Evergreen would be a win-win for the library’s budget and for our patrons” Library Director Montie Manning said in a press release. “From the cost perspective, we have already realized a significant savings on everything from library cards, to barcodes, on to database subscription costs.”

Soon patrons will have direct access to a much larger collection containing nearly 1.7 million records. Manning said, “This is the most exciting thing about Evergreen because our patrons will have access to a collection 30 times the size of what they currently have and that number will only grow as more and more libraries join Evergreen.”

Patrons will receive a free Evergreen Indiana library card and they will be able to walk in to any Evergreen Indiana member library and use it as if it were their local library. Patrons will be able to place holds on most materials at member libraries and have them sent directly to the library in Alexandria and they will also be able to return items borrowed from any member library to the library in Alexandria.

Other changes take effect June 25, Manning said. Patrons will be able to check out up to 10 DVDs and 10 videos. Overdue fines for all materials will be calculated at 25 cents per day, per item with a $10 cap per item. A $10 per item nonrefundable processing fee will be charged for lost items in addition to item replacement costs and any applicable collection fees. The library will no longer issue refunds for lost items that have been paid for and later returned. Fines may not exceed $10 to check out; the library will no longer accept percentage payments on fines in order to check materials out. Also, the library will unveil a new Web site to coincide with the launch of Evergreen.

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