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New system for cataloging items at library installed

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Rhea McKenzie uses her Evergreen card as Brazil Public Library Director Jill Scarbrough checks out her books. The library is one of 20 libraries in the state that has the Evergreen system up and running. [Order this photo]
Patrons of the library will notice a slight change when getting on the online catalog.

The Brazil Public Library recently went through the installation process of a new integrated library system called Evergreen. In order for this upgrade to take place, the library was closed from Dec. 23, 2008-Jan. 1, 2009.

"I would like to thank everyone for their patience with the library being closed and our reopening," Library Director Jill Scarbrough told The Brazil Times.

Brazil's library is one of 20 libraries in the state to receive the Evergreen installation, which holds records of all the library patrons, circulation transactions and collection items.

When individuals register for an Evergreen Indiana library card, they will be given a password, which they can then go to http://evergreen.lib.in.us (on a computer outside the library). From there, click on the my account feature which will automatically ask for a password change with a minimum of seven characters.

At any point while accessing the my account feature of the Evergreen system, individuals may change their name, password, or email address, items can also be renewed or placed on hold. A reminder email will be sent to those that provide it three days before an item is due and the day the item is due.

"The system is wonderful," Scarbrough said. "We haven't had any problems with it yet."

Some policies and services were changed with the system upgrade included:

* Books (not including bestsellers, magazines and books on CD) have gone from a 28-day loan period to a 21-day loan period,

* A $1 loan fee is required for DVDs, and

* The fine for an overdue book or DVD is now 25 cents per item plus the cost of sending the second notice by certified mail.

"People who use the Evergreen system are no longer confined to the 35,000 books in the collection at the Brazil library, but are able to access over 400,000 books," Scarbrough said. "If someone stops in at the Plainfield library and uses their Evergreen card, checks out something there, they can return it here and we will make sure it gets back to Plainfield."

Scarbrough believes that four or five more libraries will be joining the Evergreen system in the next couple of months.

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The Vigo library is on ibistro system as Brazil's used to be. I am not sure why the change, as previously you could always get interlibrary loans from other libraries through Brazil Library. You just had to request it via librarian while with Vigo you could make the request on line via internet. Then you get an email when the books you put on hold have arrived.

To all who read this:

The library I feel has been put into a tough situation with it being closed for so long and still being a city only library. I still find it quite appalling that it isn't supported by the entire county and a clear sign of how un important the community ranks literacy and education here in Clay County. To continue to have a library be inaccessible to so many without paying a fee is a travesty to many who could be turned into lifelong readers with a larger vocabulary and better handle on grammar and the English language would give our population yet another step up with the competition in the job market. Each child of lower socioeconomic level that is turned into a life long reader by that one book they come upon as a child that grabs their interest, will lead to exposure to a more varied vocabulary and a repeated reinforcement of how a sentence is structured. I contend that what we "save" by not paying for a county wide library in our tax bill, we spend two and three times over in public services that end up supporting these same people as adults who cannot fully support themselves due to incomplete literacy. In addition we have to deal with a higher level of crime and substance abuse as some who turn to drugs and alcohol do so to escape their problems dealing with poverty. To think that education and literacy is totally dependent on what our schools provide is a fallacy and that scheduled trips to the library as preschoolers opens a whole new world to preschoolers that can then be continued and nurtured even more throughout their lives. ALL people need to have access to a library. Not only those who live within city limits and certain townships and not all will choose to make this investment in their child's or their own literacy. We as community members have been shortsighted and selfish to think that this small savings will not effect us personally. When we invest in the community as in supporting the library, we improve the quality of life in the community and make it more appealing to those who might invest here as well. Not supporting it sends a clear message that community health is not a concern of its inhabitants and that a personal investment might not be such a good one.

This goes for some of the other parts of infrastructure in our community as well. Animal management, water system, schools, drugs, and roads have all been recently discussed. This county has been allowed to fall apart and no one is going to want to bring their business or maybe even their families here on the knowledge of all these issues. Each one plays an integral part of how we value our community. If we don't start to invest in our community by not fighting those taxes we will loose our personal investments as in land value and loss of more tax base via business investments. The health of the community as a whole directly reflects the value of our land and houses, our personal wealth.

Each part of what Clay County can offer plays an integral part of its worth.

The saying you can't get blood from a stone is very much the way the majority in this county votes....shortsightedly and see their personal assets not connected to those of the community. Wake up people! Clay County is dieing a slow death and our unwillingness to invest in it is the reason. Our schools, our roads. All of our decisions that say we refuse to pay for the upkeep have added to the illness of our county. It's up to us to revive it. I hope it's not too late. Only by investing can we save it. Would we let our house continue to leak or spend the money to get it a new roof? Yet we continue to refuse to pay to maintain our infrastructure and stay competitive with education. Don't blame it on the commissioners or the mayor. Your votes sent the message. You are the ones who sat at cracker barrels and told state legislators that your property taxes were too high. I was about boo'd out of the Jackson Fire house when I said that I didn't support the shift of property taxes to higher sales tax as it was regressive to the poor of the community, so the legislators went for the sales tax.

It's all about choices, and those in Clay County continue to choose. We can't blame anyone but ourselves.

To put another example out there. MANY who live here do not know how to speak English correctly. I come across people on a daily basis who can't conjugate verbs , use double negatives, and leave out verbs on a routine basis. Too many are not literate in English, INCLUDING some of our teachers. How can we send graduates out into the world to be credible in the business world when they can't form a sentence properly. Sure they can make themselves understood on the factory floor but is that what we want for all of our community members? Even when someone has knowledge in a specific field, they give an impression of ignorance when they open their mouth. I've lived here for 14 years now. I too make gaffs when speaking at times...probably more now than when I first moved here since the poor language is present and reiterated all the time. I now know the people and realize that many have knowledge needed to do the job they do but we are not talking about those we know. we are talking about first impressions with job interviews and when businesses are seeking out places to locate, and families who come to town to try it on for size. These first impressions of a community being illiterate do not help the health of the community as our first foot forward is sometimes the only one seen.

Literacy and education investment is of the utmost importance to the health of our community and degree of investment into same will determine our future.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 7:34 AM

You do not have to drive to Plainfield or any of the other library's on the Evergreen system. I used my new library card and my home computer, put in a book request from the Brazil Library. They did not have the book but Plainfield did. The book was sent from Plainfield to our local library. No travel involved.

Jenny, I could not agree more. I was at a gathering last week where one of the guests made the statement " I have not been in the library since I was a kid, I don't use it so why should I have to pay for it?"

How's that for real forward thinking??

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 8:41 AM

Jenny... I have to agree with Unoit and you. We are traveling backwards at light speed!

-- Posted by sassypants on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 9:34 AM

Am I understanding correctly that there is a fee to check out books from the Brazil Library if you live in Clay County and not the City?

I currently live in Vigo Co.,but intend on moving to Clay within the next year or two. I have not visited the library yet. I have heard that it is recently remodeled.

-- Posted by goldylocks on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 10:20 AM

you have to buy a card if you live outside of the city limits. City people pay for it in their taxes.

-- Posted by sassypants on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 11:59 AM


You are a perfect example. You are considering moving to Clay County. You have obviously been reading the news about the drug/crime problems, the educational woes here [Only a 6 period day which limits the choices greatly in highschool, large Kindergarten classes can occur even when principal is directed to shift teachers around so lower grades have the smaller classes], our water system poorly maintained, our animal control costs can not be met and now the library...

How much lower do the house prices have to be to make you forego all that you have in Vigo county to move to Clay? Is it worth it in long run?

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 12:06 PM

uniot... My understanding is that we do not have branch libraies because we have a CITY library, NOT a COUNTY library.

I think the issue of making the system County wide has come up several times in the past. The O.K. has to come from the County Commission NOT the local Library Board. They have no say in making it County wide.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 10:10 PM

Then what is the purpose of the library board??

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 10:28 AM

I currently live in TH and wanted to move to the country, I found 5acres for sale on contract and the land happens to be in Clay county. I go there on weekends and cut down sapplings, pick up sticks, and play around in the woods. I have no water, electric, or sewage. I do believe in supporting your local community, so when I fill up my cooler and my gas tank I try to do it in Brazil or at least Clay County. I did sign up for The Brazil Times so I could learn more about the community. One day I will build a house and live there.

-- Posted by goldylocks on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 1:14 PM

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