Patron and item records for the 27 libraries in CIN will all begin using the Koha computer catalog system that will replace the current system.
Patrons will access the catalog, and their patron accounts, in the same way, using search tools at the website for each library or through the CIN site.
CIN library managers have opted to use the Koha system because it offers patrons more options in searching for books and other items and managing their accounts. Patrons who choose to do so will be able to keep reading histories. Patrons will also be able to place holds on the first available item and place multiple holds more easily, among other advantages.
The system is also more efficient and dependable for library staffs and is less expensive for the cooperative.
The Tensed Library and the Tri-Community Library at Fernwood are the two most recent additions to CIN – a consortium of libraries sharing a common library card, circulation services, and a computer catalog.
Other libraries in the cooperative include: the Community Library Network (a library district) including Athol, Harrison, Hayden, Pinehurst-Kingston, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake libraries and the bookmobile; the West Bonner County Library District with Blanchard and Priest River libraries; the Pend Oreille County (Wash.) Library District, including Calispel Valley, Ione, Metalines, and Newport libraries; DeArmond Consumer Health Library; Kellogg Public Library; Mullan Library, Osburn Public Library; Plummer Public Library; Priest Lake Public Library; Silver Hills Elementary School; St. Maries Public Library; Wallace High School Library; and Wallace Public Library.For more information on using the new system, call or visit your local CIN library.