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Library merger committee pushes ahead

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Board votes to switch to Evergreen

By TRISTA LUTGRING, Feature Writer

TELL CITY – Tell City – Perry County Public Library board members heard from Library Director Larry Oathout about the progress of the merger committees during a regular meeting Jan. 5.

The main topic of discussion of the last merger meeting was the Cannelton Library’s technology and whether the library would need any upgrades.

Debbie Seibert, who is in charge of the technology at the Tell City library, attended the meeting to assess the computer and circulation systems Cannelton already has.

Seibert told board members Cannelton would need a new server and would also have to have a system put in to provide wireless Internet service to patrons.

The library has new equipment that had been purchased thanks to grants the library had received. The computers could be used for running the Evergreen circulation system, run by the state library.

“However, that equipment can’t be used until they get on the Evergreen system … so it’s just kind of sitting there now,” she said.

She gave an estimate of an $8,000 to $9,000 cost to install a new server and hook up the wireless and noted the price didn’t include the labor that would be put in.

Oathout jumped in and stated that other counties were able to get funding from the state library to help with merger costs. He suggested the library try that avenue and told board members he would look into the process.

The next meeting of the merger committee would see members looking into the Noble and Adams counties’ merger plans, and possibly “penciling in” information from Tell City and Cannelton libraries into those plans to see how it would look.

“I think everyone seems to be positive about the situation,” Oathout said of the meeting.

In other business, library board members heard a final pros and cons list from Oathout on two circulation systems the library had been considering switching to.

After reviewing both systems, the library director suggested the Evergreen system, which is a circulation system operated by the state library.

“I think overall, this is by far the best choice for us,” he told members. “I did a survey of everyone in the state that I know who is on Evergreen system. Every one of them said it was the best thing they ever did.”

“I think organization is going to be the key to this system working,” Seibert chimed in.

At the end of the discussion, the board approved a resolution to switch to the state system.

Oathout said he would send the documents off to the state library, where the Tell City-Perry County Public Library would have to be approved for the system.

The board’s next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.