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No Foolin': Summit Library to Roll Out New Computer System Apr. 1; Facility Closed Mar. 30-31 to Install Upgrade


SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Free Public Library is transitioning to a new, integrated library computer software system that will run all library operations, from ordering and cataloging new materials, to finding and circulating materials. 

The library will be closed for two days on Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, while the new software and data are installed, and the staff is trained on the new system.

When doors re-open on April 1, library patrons will find a whole new interface on the online public catalog (PAC). The responsive web design will automatically scale to accommodate display sizes ranging from smartphones to tablets to large touch screen computer monitors. 
The attractive and easy-to-use interface will offer a “My Account” area where patrons can create lists, check holds and maintain lists of books they have read if they choose to do so. The PAC will offer seamless incorporation of eBooks and other digital content, without leaving the PAC to go to other sites. Searches will also yield results from articles contained in some library databases without a separate search.

There will be an attractive app-like interface for young kids as well. Colorful pictures will lead children to areas of interest such as soccer, dragons, planets, pirates and more. An engaging puppy named Scout will encourage kids to explore the treasures of the library.

Library Director Susan Permahos said, “We look forward to providing patrons with a library catalog that is easier to use and similar to other Internet interfaces used for shopping and other online activities. As we transition, please help us by telling us your experiences with the new system so that we can tweek the system as needed.”
The software is a product of The Library Corporation, a West Virginia-based company that has been in business for 40 years,and serves more than 4,500 libraries worldwide.

The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.

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