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Archive for Saturday, August 12, 2006

Catalog system update closes library for a day

August 12, 2006

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The Lawrence Public Library will be closed Monday while staff members work to install a new online catalog system.

The library, 707 Vt., will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The $160,000 upgrade replaces a system that has been in place for 10 years. Library director Bruce Flanders said some of the advantages of the new system include:

¢ A more thorough description of a book's location in the library.

¢ The ability to limit searches to available items, meaning that checked-out items will not appear.

¢ Search results that can be sorted by year of publication.

¢ Selected books with portions of the contents posted online so readers can "look inside" to determine if it meets their needs.

¢ An option to subscribe to receive an e-mail three days before a book is due back to the library.

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