Library renovations not just cosmetic

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The renovations taking place at the Concordia Branch of Trails Regional Library are more than just skin deep. While driving down Main Street, one might think that extensive structural renovations would be the answer to the question “What’s new at the library?”

For instance, according to Branch Manager Debbie Kirchhoff, when the library re-opens in August, patrons will see new carpeting, newly painted shelving and walls, and a beautiful new restroom. However, there will be another new feature that will affect the entire Trails Regional Library system.

“Also happening in August will be the migration to a new library catalog,” Kirchhoff said. “Trails will be joining a consortium of libraries called Missouri Evergreen. The benefit of this change will be having access to the library catalogs of over 30 other library systems.”

At a recent Trails Regional board meeting, member Anita Love gave an update on progress being made toward getting the new system up and running. She said Trails staff have formed a MO Evergreen migration committee that has been meeting every other week to stay on top of approaching deadlines and projects related to the change. Staff procedures are currently being written and revised. Branch managers are receiving updates every few days as decisions from the committee are communicated, and are informing their staffs about progress.

“For the public, the publicity arm has begun designing in-house posters, flyers, Facebook posts, and date dues slips announcing the coming of Missouri Evergreen,” Love reported. “How to use MO Evergreen brochures are also being designed.”

At the same meeting, Trails Regional Director Karen Hicklin reported that the MO Evergreen partners have a reciprocal agreement between library districts.

“If approved, the reciprocal agreement allows patrons from other MO Evergreen libraries to check out materials at a Trails branch using their home library card,” Hicklin said. She added there currently are two MO Evergreen districts nearby where patrons are more likely to use a Trails branch.

According to Kirchhoff, when the migration is complete, suddenly, your library card will seem to have “super powers.”

“Patrons will be able to borrow not only from the eight Trails libraries, but from the other MO Evergreen member libraries’ shared catalogs,” Kirchhoff said. “In fact, Trails patrons will even be able to borrow directly when visiting some of the other member libraries. There has never been a better time to be a cardholder with Trails Regional Library.”

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