KYL plans system upgrades

At the Tuesday meeting of the Kendall Young Library board of trustees, board members discussed the closing of the library for one day in order to upgrade their online library system and give staff members additional training.

Much of the work will be done over the weekend, but library director Angie Martin-Schwarze said the new system could take the rest of the week to be rolled out. She said people might need to be patient with the library’s online systems as they work out the kinks.

“It should not look all that different to us as we go to use it, and hopefully the changes we are going to be the ones that we asked for that we think will make it better for us,” Martin-Schwarze said.

Staff training will mostly focus not on the new system, but on new circulation rules at the library. Library patrons will now check out items for three weeks instead of four, and they will be able to renew that item if no one has registered on a waiting list for that item. Martin-Schwarze said that these new circulation rules will be included in print with all checked-out items after the change.

Director’s report

During the meeting, Martin-Schwarze reviewed several events that the library hosted in January. Just over 20 people attended a showing of the film “Hope Springs” at the library. The film is part of the monthly film showing series at the library. Also, seven people attended the showing of the film “Suze Orman’s Money Class,” which was shown in preparation for the library’s Smart Investing at Your Library online class.

At the kickoff for the investing program, 27 people attended and 10 people signed up for the class that were unable to attend. The class is still open to interested persons, as the class is offered online through ISU extension. Martin-Schwarze said the class offers a lot of good information for those wishing to learn more about investing.

At least 100 people attended the library’s Festival of Chocolate, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. That was after the festival was postponed one week due to inclement weather. Martin-Schwarze said that the event was successful.

“The food was delicious, the place looked lovely and the music was delightful too. It’s going to be something we revisit,” Martin-Schwarze said.

She also thanked the five FFA members who assisted with setting up and cleaning up the festival.

Other business

The board approved the 2013 library budget. An amendment was made to the budget after an error was noted. It was approved unanimously with no change in the total.

The library is looking for a part-time groundskeeper. Board members will seek a person to fill the position, which will take from five to 10 hours per week from April to October.

Surveys for the library will continue to be accepted through Feb. 22. Martin-Schwarze said that over 300 surveys have been returned.