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YOUNGSTOWN Library to unveil catalog, circulation systems



Published: Sat, September 7, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- The Public Library of Youngstown & amp; Mahoning County will introduce its new online catalog and circulation system Tuesday.

The new Windows-based system by Innovative Interfaces will be easier to use and offer more information and flexibility than the library's current computerized catalog, according to Janet S. Loew, communications and public relations director.

It will use a mouse to navigate, and patrons can search by using title, author, subject or keyword.

In the near future, patrons will be able to view their records, see the books they have checked out, find due dates, receive reserve and overdue notices via e-mail, and place reserves online.

Classes for the new "Millennium" system are set for:

Main Library: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 15; 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 22.

Poland Library: 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 16; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. To register, call (330) 744-8636, #2, on Sept. 18.

Policy changes

Several new library policy changes will also take effect Tuesday:

*No renewals for fiction videos.

*Fines on most items increase to 10 cents per day after 22 days; fines on music CDs, books-on-CD and DVDs increase to 50 cents per day. Maximum fines per item: $5.

*The 40-cent notice on overdue materials will be eliminated.

*Overdue notices will be sent after 14 days. A second notice citing replacement costs of materials will be sent after 35 days. Borrowing privileges will be suspended and the account turned over for collection.




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