BOONE, Iowa—Some of the services at the Ericson Public Library in Boone may be affected for the next week as a transition in the library’s computer software takes place. Jamie Williams, Library Director said earlier in October that there will be some services that will be affected. People will not be able to check in items, but check out can be done with everything being uploaded to the new system when it’s operational. Those that usually place a hold or reserve a book will be unable to do that for about a week. She says many people review the catalog or list of items available and that will be available, but it will not be a live feature until everything is completed.
Williams said that the software being replaced was acquired in 2002. Since then, upgrades had become more expensive and some of the features that staff and the Library Board were interested in making available to the public were very costly. Earlier this year, she began researching options and selected a new operating system. The Library Board did support the move and allocated memorial funds to help pay for a portion and the Boone City Council stepped up and allocated the additional funds needed to complete the purchase and installation. Williams says besides offering more options for the public, it will also cost less to operate and will result in a operational savings. She says the transition will take place from Friday, October 25th through Thursday, October 31st. The Ericson Public Library will continue to provide services during the transition.