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.