Well, of course, it is! But some changes are harder than others. Starting January 2, 2012, Elmwood Public Library will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. This change will, we hope, give all of our patrons more opportunities to come in to use the library. We had a survey back in October and this was the most popular change to the hours so we hope it will work for everyone.
Other changes are being made to the library. We’ve already moved the Large Print collection to a location where one can sit down to browse the titles. We’ve made the set of shelves near the door where the Large Print used to be a display area for books, new and old, that fit a particular event or theme. Currently, we’re celebrating the spirit of the season. Next month, we’ll probably be highlighting books and other materials on self-improvement (or should that be “elf-improvement”?)
And speaking of the new year, the library has some goals for the upcoming year. We think you will like them:
1) We want to start supplying e-books to our customers. We’re still in the fact-finding stage but it shouldn’t be too much longer and we’ll actually be able to offer the service to everyone with an Elmwood Public Library card.
2) We want to give customers web access to our Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). Once we go live, you’ll be able to access the OPAC from this web site (http://www.elmwoodpubliclibrary.com).
3) We want to move the library’s tech resources into the 21st century by migrating to a new circulation system that, with any luck, will allow customers to access their accounts to place holds on items, renew items, check their accounts, and download e-books from home.
Personally, my goals for the next few weeks are to get the back-log of books that we have catalogued and ready to shelve then start an inventory project to make sure we really have on the shelves what our computer system says we have. It’s an ambitious goal and I hope I’m up to it.