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Library Closed for Training

By Aaryn Frazier, January 10, 2019

The Ottumwa Public Library will be closed for staff training on Monday and Tuesday, January 14 and 15.

According to a press release from Sonja Ferrell, Ottumwa Public Library director, the library will be implementing a new integrated library system (online catalog and related staff side software) in February. Ferrell says the new library system will mean a better online experience for patrons, communication through text messaging between staff and patrons, a greater ability on the library staff side to manage limited budget funds for materials and statistical management of usage.

“We are so excited to unveil our new system to the community,” said Ferrell. “After it goes live in February, I believe patrons will share our enthusiasm.”

The new system is called Koha; originally developed in New Zealand. Koha was the world’s first open-source ILS and the name means “gift or donation” in Maori.

While the library is closed for the two days, community members can still use the library services such as returning materials in the drive-up book drop, check out ebooks/downloadable audio books, download free music, or use any of the other databases through the OPL website while the library is closed.  If there are questions do not hesitate to call the library at 641-682-7563 and ask to speak with Sonja.

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