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New Director and New Library System at Johnston Public Library

Posted September 18, 2013 in Community Blogs, Johnston

Exciting changes are happening at Johnston Public Library. We are pleased to announce that Eric Melton has accepted the position as the new Library Director at JPL. In addition, in the next few months we will be working behind the scenes to bring library patrons a new, more user-friendly library catalog, which will be available at the end of November.

Previously, Eric Melton worked as Assistant Library Director at Kirkendall Public Library in Ankeny.  He holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa and has eight years of professional public library experience in a variety of areas at Kirkendall.  He was particularly involved in a conversion of library software from one product to another, which is the same process that the Johnston Public Library is currently undertaking.

This switch to a new library system, which Eric will help to facilitate here at Johnston Public Library, will have benefits for library users, staff productivity and will cost less money than our current system.  The library board and library staff are very excited about this change. With this new system, library users will be able to navigate the online catalog more easily; easily search items that are “on order”; have automatic search enhancements like spelling corrections, “Did you mean?” options and suggestions for searches; have a more attractive visual experience, have the ability to manage personal library accounts in different ways, including choosing to keep a history of past items; and eBook integration with 3M Cloud eBooks to enable single click downloading of 3M ebooks. Besides increased functionality for both patrons and staff, the new library system will actually cost less money over the course of time. This is money that can be used to directly benefit library users through more library materials and programing. The actual conversion to the new catalog will not be done until the end of November, but we are hard at work right now to ensure a smooth transition to our new library system for our patrons.

Additional information about our new director, Eric Melton, and our new library catalog can be found at Johnston Public Library’s website, or by calling the library at 515-278-5233.

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