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April 22, 2014

BOOTING UP: Jeffersonville Township library updates to user-friendly computer system

Text message notifications, more search parameters, online registration a few of the features

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JEFFERSONVILLE — MORE TO COME

New features that will eventually be added are the ability to pay fees online and check out e-books directly from the catalog.

Libby Pollard, director of the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, said it was time for the switch.

“Our old system wasn’t as user-friendly, and it also didn’t have some of the features that this new system has,” Pollard.

Polaris also gives library employees more behind-the-scene functions, she said.

“So moving for a new system is not only better for the public, but it’ll help the staff as well,” she said.

Pollard said she was particularly excited about the reading list tool.

“I personally lose track of what I read, so being able to create a reading list and not have to check out books that I’ve already read will be really useful,” she said.

As libraries are steadily moving into a more digital world, Seabolt said she has seen people react positively and negatively to changes.

“I see it kind of split down the middle, honestly, I do,” she said. “I see people that, they’re surprised when you don’t have certain features and functions and they really expect it nowadays. And then there are people that have been coming here for years and are used to the way things have been done.”

Seabolt said she thinks Polaris will be something everyone can benefit from.

“What we can do to make it easier is just kind of making [the system] more available and friendly to patrons so that they can control their own life here at the library,” she said.

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Jamie Collins, Scottsburg, works on lesson plans in her classroom at Scribner Middle School on Monday afternoon. Collins was the recipient of a $100 gift card to the Your Educational Supply Store from the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. Education Foundation. All first-time teachers in the school system received a gift card to help them set up their classrooms.

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