Upgrades to an online library management system will require all Toowoomba Region Libraries to close temporarily to the public over the October long weekend.
Toowoomba Regional Council Library and Cultural Services portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said all 13 libraries would close from noon on Saturday, September 30 before re-opening for business on Wednesday, October 4.
Cr Ramia said patrons would be unable to place items in return chutes for the duration of the temporary closure.
“Council will be working during the shutdown to upgrade its library management system, or catalogue, which holds records of every item in the collection, provides a searching interface to these holdings and processes issuing and returning of loans,” Cr Ramia said.
“It is not possible to simultaneously complete the system upgrade and maintain the same services for searching, borrowing and returning library items. Testing of the new system also will be performed before the libraries re-open.
“While the online library catalogue will be unavailable, residents will be able to view and access services via Council’s website.
“Library members will be able to borrow eResources, including eMagazines, eBooks and eAudiobooks from the website during this time.
“I advise residents to borrow items before the libraries close on the Saturday and also be mindful that they will be unable to return items via the after hours chutes.
“Library customers will notice improvements to Council’s online library management system known as SPYDUS.
“Top of the list will be the enhanced ‘one search’ discovery that will allow users to search all library collections via one search. Other improvements will be the addition of ‘Archives’ and ‘Digital Asset’ modules.
“Staff will be available at all sites to answer any customer enquiries when the libraries re-open.
“Library staff also will notice additional workflow benefits from the web-based application.
“Council is mindful of minimising the closure time at the libraries and scheduled the shutdown to include Sunday and a public holiday to restrict the inconvenience to library customers.”