Did you know the Ocean State Libraries consortium is going through a lot of BIG changes this spring? We’re getting a new online catalog system (also called an ILS), as well as phasing out the legacy OverDrive app in favor of Libby. What does this mean for you all? Well…
On May 1st, OverDrive will be completely discontinued. This means patrons will NOT be able to access the app on their phones or tablets anymore. But no fear! Libby is the app that is replacing OverDrive; it offers the same great titles, with a new look and awesome features. You can switch ahead of time by finding Libby in your app store and downloading it to your device. Libby will guide you through signing in with your library card, but you can always visit me (the Reference Librarian!) if you have any trouble.
From May 18th to May 21st, the online catalog will be down. This means you will not be able to search for items, access your online account, or place holds during this time. This is because we need time to “migrate” to our new system — which will be powered by Aspen Discovery and Koha. The new catalog will officially launch on May 22nd and will be up and ready for you to discover everything the library has to offer.
There are a few things you can do before the 18th to ensure a smooth transition from our old catalog. For instance, My Lists, Preferred Searches, and Linked Accounts will NOT transfer to the new system. If you wish to save this data, you will need to manually export it.
For more information, visit the Ocean State Libraries page on Important Changes.
And as always, direct any questions to me at 401-647-5133 or email@example.com.
Leah Brooks, Reference Librarian