Salt Lake County Library System's online catalog will be offered in a Windows version rather than a text-only version, with the opening in July of the new Bingham Creek Library.
The new library is now being prepared for a July 11 opening at 4834 W. 9000 South in West Jordan. Bingham Creek Library was scheduled to open for public use July 6, but delays in receiving equipment, personnel hiring, landscaping and a number of other problems have forced postponement to a grand opening and a first public use day on July 11.David E. Wilson, an associate director of the library system, and Ronda Beckstead, information systems manager, demonstrated the new computer equipment for the Salt Lake County Library Board during its meeting Monday in Midvale.
"For people who are used to using computers and a mouse to point and click, the new catalog will be a very familiar thing because it incorporates the same concepts that they are used to in working with their own computers and the Internet," Wilson said.
Beckstead said library patrons have said they like the new catalog system because of its ease of operation. The computer requires less desktop space than a normal PC in libraries and will be easier for technicians because it does not have personal computer components such as hard drives and computer processing units, she said.
The equipment is designed to minimize patron tampering, she added.
Wilson said the new computer catalog system has been available on an experimental basis in a number of the county's 17 branch libraries.
He said the new catalog system will be phased in in all county libraries over the next two years.
"The current catalog system will be phased out. The company that provides software for that system is no longer updating the software, so it will be necessary to go to the Windows version," Wilson said.
He said the new system will result in less than half the cost of a system using PCs.
Board member Brigitte M. Dawson, Sandy, said she is pleased with library officials' decision to move to the new system.
"I have used a computer for many years. I feel that the old system in the library has been confusing to people not well acquainted with computers," she said.