The spring issue of the Collingswood Friends of the Library newsletter has arrived! Inside — the FOL receive an honor from the Camden County Board of Freeholders, we share our latest Comic Book Day adventures, and we gear-up for Summer Reading. To join the Friends in doing good works for the community, please print-out the donation form or donate directly through PayPal.
This May we celebrated our new carpeting upstairs, thanks to funding from Collingswood Friends of the Library and the Borough of Collingswood. A big thank-you goes out to our staff, who helped move, shift, break-down and rebuild everything on the second floor, and to Public Works, for hauling the heaviest pieces. Stop in to see our upgrade!
Highlights from Free Comic Book Day! We had a blast with our neighbors and our friends from Jack’s Comicrypt and the 501st Legion.
Fall is here! That means pumpkins, crunchy leaves and the latest Friends of the Library Newsletter! Find out about our Read to a Dog Program, the Library Construction Bond Referendum, and more! As always, please consider supporting the FOL in making our library amazing!
Starting January 1st, 2017, we will require each patron to present his or her library card or valid photo I.D. with current address when checking-out items or making hold requests.
As a reminder, you can use an App like Cardstar or Keyring to “carry” your library card on your phone. We will scan your card from your phone, just as we would do with a physical card.
If you have a family member’s card on your phone, we will take that as permission to use that card. If you bring-in a family member’s card (that of your spouse, child, parent, etc.), we will likewise assume that you have permission to use that card.
If you want to give a caregiver permission to use your card, you can ask us to put a note on your account indicating this preference. That person would then need to present their own I.D. when using your card.
Showing a library card or I.D. is a standard library requirement, and it allows us to make sure that items are checked-out to the correct person each time. We are also striving to protect your privacy by making sure that no unauthorized person has access to your account.
As a reminder, you can access your own PIN-protected account online anytime by going to our catalog. Here you can renew items, make requests, build lists, and much more!
Due date and holds email notices are now coming from a NEW sender: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please add this sender to your safe list, or check your junk mail folder and mark as safe.
The Collingswood Public Library has a new ILS! What is an ILS? ILS stands for integrated library system, which is essentially software that manages the library catalog, patron records, circulation records, payments, and the interplay of those elements. Learn more about this whole “ILS” thing here.
Almost everything you do in the library goes through the ILS – whether you’re searching the catalog, checking items in or out, signing onto the computers, accessing eBooks, or printing a document – all of those functions rely on the ILS. Our old ILS served us reasonably well for many years, but the product has been discontinued. Like hundreds of other libraries in our position, we have chosen this opportunity to switch to an Open Source ILS called Koha. You can learn more about Koha here.
What does this mean for patrons?
- With Koha, you are now able to search the catalog more easily and more dynamically than ever before. You have more control over your account, and you have access to new features.
- When you go to the library’s website, you still find the catalog link in the same place, but that link takes you to our newly designed catalog.
- The biggest difference is that the catalog features a single integrated search bar which allows you to search for title, author, subject, series, or keyword. If you want to do a more directed search, there is an Advanced Search feature that will allow you to be as precise as you like in your search — specifying format, location, age level, and many other options.
Online users: the biggest change you will encounter is that your old login and password won’t work when logging into your library accounts. User PINs are private, so we could not transfer that information to our new system.
In Koha, everyone uses their library card barcode as their login, and your password will be your last name in ALL CAPS. Once you log in to the new system, you will be able to change your password. We recommend keeping your barcode as the username, but we can change that for you as well. Usernames and passwords for eBook vendors will not be affected, so you can continue to use 3M, Overdrive, Gale, and Tumblebooks as usual.
As we transition, we may have some data hiccups, so please be patient as we find bugs that need to be fixed, and let us know if you find something that isn’t working properly.