Change at Newberg Public Library begins now, complete switch will be done by December

By Nico Hamacher, Graphic news intern

The Newberg Public Library will soon be switching over to a new system that will bring simpler, faster library access to local residents.

Starting in the fall, library staff will begin training on the new Symphony system, a product of the SirsiDynix Corporation. The library hopes to implement it by mid-December, according to Newberg Public Library Director Leah Griffith.

The switch comes after a two-year search for a new library system, which began when the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) learned that the vendor of their current system was phasing it out. That system has been in use for the past 10 years. CCRLS (of which the Newberg Public Library is a member) has now signed a seven-year contract with SirsiDynix.

Among the new programs perks will be a more efficient search system, integration of eBooks into the library system and text notifications on a user’s phone.

“This will be great for a person who’s out and about and gets a text saying their book is in at the library,” Griffith said. “They can just stop in quickly to pick it up.”

The new system will also cut back on costs since it will illuminate some steps in processing books.

Another benefit is the total cost for the library — nothing. Griffith explains that since the system costs are paid for by the CCRLS, it will not cost the library anything.

For now the library staff and volunteers are hard at work reorganizing in anticipation for the switch. That reorganization means moving every single item in the library, in total around 80,000 objects.

“It’s like moving to a new house,” Griffiths said. “You clean and organize and get rid of the unusable materials.”

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