Blanchard Community Library to Transition to New Circulation Software
As part of our ongoing effort to better serve the needs of our patrons, the Blanchard Community Library and Black Gold Cooperative members will be transitioning to a new library circulation software provider. The upgrade to a more modern and responsive system will allow staff to operate more efficiently and at a reduced cost, freeing up both time and funds which can be reinvested to improve library programs and services.
This change will not reduce or alter service for patrons following the transition, but will instead make it easier for the library to add or expand services in the future. However, due to the size and sensitivity of the data being transferred to the new software system, some temporary changes in service are required during the next two months.
As a result of the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara libraries’ decisions to withdraw from the Black Gold Cooperative prior to this transition, Blanchard Community Library patrons are currently unable to place holds on items owned by those libraries.
Beginning Tuesday, March 1 all patron-initiated renewals and auto-renewals on borrowed items will be temporarily suspended to allow time for materials to be returned to their owning libraries from both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara libraries.
During this time, patrons wishing to renew items not owned by San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara libraries may do so by visiting the library or by calling the Circulation Desk at (805) 525-3615, extension 101.
The transfer of data to the new circulation software will begin the evening of Thursday, April 21, and the process is expected to last through Sunday, April 24. During this time, patrons and staff will be unable to access the library catalog.
During this process:
- Account passwords will be changed to the last four (4) digits of the patron’s primary telephone number on account.
- Online browsing, accounts, and holds will be unavailable.
- Patrons will still be able to access the Library’s digital content from OverDrive, hoopla, and Enki.
The Blanchard Community Library will be closed on Saturday, April 23.
On Monday, April 25, the transfer will be complete and patrons may once again renew items and place holds.
Please note that, as part of the migration process, all patron passwords will be reset to the last four digits of the primary phone number listed on their accounts. Passwords may be set to ones of the patron's choosing upon first logging in on April 25.