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Dodge Memorial Library moving to automated system

ROUSES POINT There are bigger and better things on the horizon for Dodge Memorial Library as improvements are being made for the benefit of its patrons. The library will soon operate on an automated checkout system linked with the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, allowing book-seekers the ability to search more than a dozen libraries across the North Country. Interim library director Colleen Pelletier said the step is an historic one for the small, local library. What this will mean is that whenever anybody checks out a book, well be able to keep track of it using a bar code on the back of the book, Pelletier explained. This system will replace the card in a pocket system we use now and will open us up to interlibrary loans with the CEFLS. Library patrons will be issued new library cards that will have their own bar codes on them as well, Pelletier said. When checking out books in the future, library staff will simply scan the bar code on a patrons book, scan the patrons card, and have him or her enter their specially-assigned personal identification number. The system will also add an extra convenience for those wanting to browse books from the comfort of their own home. Utilizing their library account, patrons will be able to go on-line to request library loans themselves and pick them up at the library when they become available. If they dont want to do it themselves, they can come to the library and we can help them find the book theyre looking for and order it, said Pelletier. If someone comes in and says they want Gone with the Wind and we find out the only copy is checked out, we can ask for an interlibrary loan and get them the book that way. Its that simple. The new system will also allow for the downloading of audio books, as an added benefit, Pelletier noted. The library is awaiting a new computer that will be installed in the coming weeks to facilitate the use of the system. Meanwhile, all books and other materials available for checkout within the library have been coded and a new circulation desk has been installed to allow for more space and better organization when patrons check out. Once the new computer is installed, the system will be on-line. While patrons wait for that, Pelletier said now is the perfect time for them to come in and fill out information for their new library cards. New and existing patrons are requested to bring something showing their name and current address for identification, such as a drivers license or utility bill. Dodge Memorial Library, located at 144 Lake St., is open Monday through Friday, 12-4 p.m. and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 p.m. The library is also open Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and may be reached at 297-6242.

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