We will be going live with a new automation system in June 2013. In order to migrate the data and be ready for opening on Tuesday, June 3rd, the library will be closed on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st. This change is necessary as our current system, InfoCentre, has seen no development since 2008, and will soon no longer be supported. The new system, Koha, is an open source system which was developed by librarians and originated in New Zealand. The name, Koha, comes from a Māori term for a gift or donation. Koha has a good track record and very positive reviews from the world-wide libraries that use it. This new software will improve access for borrowers to their accounts (including borrowing history, holds, wish lists, etc.) and to library materials of all kinds (including e-materials). Koha will also give staff more control over the data and much better reporting features. In continual development, Koha is much better equipped to accommodate to the rapid changes in library technology and services.
Cook Memorial Library has contracted with Bywater Solutions to migrate the data from InfoCentre to Koha, provide training on the new software for library staff, host the system on mirrored, frequently backed-up off-site servers, and provide ongoing technical support, including managing upgrades to the software. To reduce the price of the contract with Bywater Solutions, the Trustees of the Cook Memorial Library, along with Trustees of the Madison Public Library and the Jackson Public Library, have formed a cooperative purchasing group, and librarians have negotiated a reduced cost for migration, training and annual hosting fees.
The Friends of Cook Memorial Library are strong supporters of this library automation initiative and have contributed considerably toward its cost.
Please come in for your new library card and patron ID number. Koha requires 14-digit patron numbers so we hope to have every patron changed over to the new numbers by May 15th.