Over the next few weeks, Harrisburg District Library will be undergoing some significant changes.
On July 1, 2012, the four automated library consortia in Illinois Heartland Library System, elCat, GateNet, LINC, and SilNet, merged to form SHARE (Sharing Heartland’s Available Resources Equally). SHARE encompasses 427 libraries throughout the southern half of Illinois.
On April 9, 2013, SHARE will go live with a new automation platform, known as Polaris. Each of the former LLSAPs will change from having over 2,000,000 items in each of their online catalogs to 9.5 million, and from more than 250,000 patrons each to nearly 1,600,000 total. Several library experts agree, SHARE is the largest library automation consortium in the country, and Harrisburg District Library is a member.
What does this mean? First, the library’s staff asks patrons to be patient, as they learn how to use our new software.
Second, there will be a new online patron access catalog, where patrons can search for items they are interested in, place holds, pay fines, and so on. The new PAC will be available beginning April 9. Harrisburg District Library staff will be able to help patrons find it and learn how to use it.
Third, all of the member libraries will be using an offline version of Polaris from April 1 through 8. During that time, patrons will be able to return books to the library, and check books out from the library. Patrons will not, however, be able to place holds, either at the library or on the PAC. Arrangements are being made to manipulate due dates and fines so that nothing will be due during the period of offline circulation.
Finally, since the data on holds will not transfer to the new system, the holds function of the current automation systems will be turned off on March 15. Neither patrons nor library staff will be able to place holds or request items until Go Live day, on April 9. The library system will continue to fill holds, however, as long as possible, though all holds not filled by March 22 will be cancelled. Patrons should request a list of items they still have on hold, so that they can place the holds again on April 9.
Dates to Remember:
Friday, March 15, Patrons can no long request items/place holds.
Friday, March 22, Holds not filled will be cancelled.
Monday, April 1 through Monday, April 8 Patrons must have their library cards present.
Monday, April 1 through Monday, April 8 OverDrive will function as usual for ebooks.