Library changing to new catalog system

Published 2:02 pm Friday, February 11, 2022

The Organization of Watauga Libraries (OWL), which includes Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library (ECCPL), is changing its catalog and circulation system from SirsiDynix to The Library Corporation’s (TLC) Library Solution software. The new system will be available to library users beginning Wednesday, March 2.
The Elizabethton Library will be closed for the final data migration on Monday, Feb. 28, and Tuesday, March 1. OWL member library users, including local library users, will not be able to place materials on hold from Friday, Feb. 25, through Wednesday, March 2.
Johnson City Public Library Director and OWL President Julia Turpin says, “We are all so excited to offer this new catalog. TLC is more modern, streamlined and easier to navigate than our current system. Not only is it simpler for staff, but it also provides a higher quality experience for our users.”
TLC’s catalog system is mobile-friendly and includes new interactive features for users. For example, people can add subject and genre tags to materials to help others find them. TLC also offers automatically generated recommendations related to the titles that users view.
People will not need to get new library cards when the switch to TLC is made. All their current holds, including holds on digital materials, will automatically transfer to the new system.
All Elizabethton library users are encouraged to stop by the library’s Circulation Desk after March 1 to ensure that their account information transferred properly to TLC.
The Organization of Watauga Libraries (OWL) is a collaborative of public libraries that serves the northeast Tennessee area of Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington counties as well as Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee. Libraries that are part of OWL share a catalog system in which users can borrow books from other member libraries.

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