It was last September that the North Judson-Wayne Township Library migrated to a new automation system. During that time we’ve run into a few problems, most of which have been resolved or are in the process of being resolved.
One of the nice things about the new system is that it did let library patrons use their old library cards while we waited for the new cards to arrive. Since January we have been upgrading our patrons to their new library cards and by the end of March the old cards will no longer be accepted by the new system.
If you haven’t been in to upgrade your library card then you are not aware of the advantages that the new library cards offer on our online catalog. Visit the library’s website (http://www.njwt.lib.in.us) and in the middle column under the photo of a mint plant you will see several websites lead off by Library Card Catalog. Click this and it will take you to our online card catalog.
Obviously you will be able to do a basic search by title, author, subject, series and keyword; but, you can also use Lexile measure and AR (Accelerated Reader Level). There is also a menu on the left of the page which will let you do an Advanced search. Here you can add the Form you are looking for (book, CD, DVD, periodical) and what Collection to search (Adult Fiction, Adult Biography, Easy Books, Easy Readers, Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Literature, Young Adult, etc.). You also have the options to just Browse or see what DVDs we own.
When your search opens you just have to click on the title of the item for more information. It will tell you:
With your new library card come new privileges with our online catalog. When you click on My Account in the left-hand menu (or Login in the upper right corner after the word Home) the Patron Login box will come up requesting your new barcode number. Once you enter that long 14 digit number a page will come up with your basic information: name, items on loan, fines owed, and materials you have placed on reserve. You will also be offered the chance to enter a password to protect your information. If you were to lose your card this would prevent anyone from accessing the information in your account.
We are also in the process on adding ebooks to the library’s collection. If all goes well, (cross your fingers) they should be available to the public by the end of May. That seems to be it for right now. We will try to keep you up to date as we discover more about the new automation system.