The library system is currently working on a few big projects, one of which is the migration from our current circulation system, TLC, to SPARK. Things are progressing on schedule for the migration, with our “go live” date being May 23. Of course, with this large change, there are some things that you will need to be aware of.
One of the things that will change is our online catalog, how it works and how it looks. With the catalog, there are some things that you should be aware of. Any lists that you have saved in the catalog will not transfer to SPARK. You should download or print any saved lists starting now. The EZ Login that you may currently use in the catalog will not transfer. There will be a new way to set up a new username and password in the SPARK catalog. At the end of business on Friday, May 17, the online catalog will not be available. The new catalog should be up and running on May 23.
Library cards will be required for checking out any items from May 20 – May 22. This is the time when SPARK will be moving all of our information onto their servers. Any returned items will not be checked in during this time. No fines will be accrued on items from May 20 – May 22.
The cloudLibrary and Freegal will have limited functions from May 20 - May 22. Any books or audiobooks that you already have checked out and downloaded through the cloudLibrary will be available to read or listen to, but you will probably not be able to check out new titles. If you log out of the cloudLibrary app during these few days, you will not be able to log in again until May 23. Streaming and downloading of music in Freegal will not be available during this short period. All other databases should work as normal.
We are currently not ordering any new physical titles until after the migration concludes, however we will still be purchasing ebooks in the cloudLibrary. To place holds on upcoming items please use the Purchase Request Form on our website. Any holds that you currently have on materials should transfer to SPARK, but please make a note of the items you’ve requested to be on the safe side.
The SPARK migration isn’t the only project that we’re working on. The 4th Annual FunFest will be taking place on Friday, June 14 from 4-7pm at the Gettysburg Rec Park. FunFest features free activities for the entire family, including face painting, balloon art and more! Kiwanis will be selling hot dogs at FunFest, with all the proceeds reinvested in the youth of Adams County. There’s still time to register for a booth, if you’re a company or nonprofit. The registration form can be found on our website, www.adamslibrary.org.
Looking beyond June, we have great things planned with the announcement of our Adams County Reads One Book title on June 28, programs to take place throughout October, and the Signature Event on Friday, September 20 – An Evening with Jamie Ford, New York Times Bestselling Author of “Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at any Adams County Library location or through our website, www.adamslibrary.org.
Submitted by Sara Edmiston, Community Relations Librarian.