Updated IT system opens up new chapter for Calderdale libraries

Calderdale libraries are getting set to start a new chapter that will bring lots of exciting benefits for local people.

Calderdale Council is launching a new Library Management System in libraries across the borough, which will make using the electronic parts of the library service easier, more interactive and more efficient. The new system will go live in March 2013 and users will start to see many benefits straight away.

The Library Management System carries all membership information, details of items that are on loan and the catalogue. The new-look online catalogue will include more information about the books and other library items such as DVDs, and provide additional information such as images of the book cover and details about a book’s contents making it more like the experience of searching for books on websites like Amazon.

The database will build up a record of the kinds of books, DVDs and music that library members like, and it can start to recommend further material they might want to borrow. Online information can be found using far fewer clicks, meaning it will be quicker and more efficient.

The new system will be much easier to use and gives library members more options when they are using their online library account. Information on previous items borrowed will be available and there will also be an option to pay online for chargeable library services. It will be easier for families, as tickets will be linked so parents can renew their children’s books from their own ticket.

To prepare for these improvements there will be a phased programme of one-day library closures to allow for staff training. For more details of when your local library will be closed, please visit One-day library closures

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Pauline Nash, said:

” This new system opens a new chapter in library development. We are delighted to be investing in Calderdale’s libraries and this new Library Management System will bring many new services for people and will make libraries more efficient.”

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