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Library Board discusses catalogue systems

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Board approves changes in children's-assistant position

By Trista Lutgring

TELL CITY - Members of the Perry County Library Board gathered Nov. 4 for their monthly meeting at the Tell City-Perry County Public Library. Among the items addressed, the board discussed a need to update the library's circulation system.

Library Director Larry Oathout explained to members that the library's current system has some limitations and the company "has pretty much stop updating it."

A few systems that he and others have looked at include the state system called Evergreen, which is governed by a statewide coalition of libraries. Oathout stated that one issue with the Evergreen system would be the amount of fees that the library would have to levy on overdue items. The fee that the coalition sets is 25 cents a day.

"Everything else about this system I like. I don't feel comfortable going from 5 cents (fees) to 25 cents," Oathout said.

There are other options, he went on to explain. Sirs Mandarin, the current system used by the library, does have an update that the library can purchase. Another option, Oathout said, is a company in Texas that would host the circulation system on an online database.

Board members asked that the options be considered and more information gathered to be presented to the board.

In new business, the board voted in a motion to upgrade the hours of the children's assistant from 25 hours a week to 30 hours starting in January.  Oathout said he hoped the position would eventually become  salaried to help the library meet a higher standard in children's standards set by the state.

Another action the library has taken to increase their children's standard is separating the young adult and children's departments. Oathout showed the board members the improved children's room, where a TV and play area have been set up.

In other business, Oathout informed the board that the 2010 budget was turned in to the auditor's office. He also discussed library statistics for the month of October, which were down one percent from the month before, but still up from the previous year. One of the biggest jumps in the statistics, Oathout explained, was in the audio books on CD. In October, 537 CDs were checked out by library patrons, which Oathout said was the largest number of checkouts by far.

The board's next meeting will be Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m.