Linton Public Library is joining the Evergreen Indiana library consortium and will begin using Evergreen, a new integrated library system (ILS), on March 18.
The library will be open that day from noon until 8 p.m. for patrons to use the computers only. We will not be able to check items in or out. On March 19, the free patron Evergreen cards will be issued and return to regular service.
This migration will also mean some changes to the library's policies:
*Fines will be 25 cents per day per item with a cap of $10 per item.
*Any patron owing $10 or having 15 items overdue will be blocked at all Evergreen Indiana libraries.
*Fines and fees will have to be paid at the library owning the overdue items.
*Refunds will no longer be given for lost items that are paid for and then found and no fines, fees or third party collection fees will be refunded.
The following check-out lengths will go into effect: 21 days -- books, audiobooks, literacy kits; 14 days -- new books, music CD's, and magazines; 7 days -- videos and software; 3 days -- new software games and new videos. Most items can be renewed only once, unless there is a hold on them.
With an Evergreen Indiana card, patrons will also have access to circulating items held at 62 public libraries. Patrons may place up to 20 holds at one time from all libraries in the system and then return all items to their home library. All patrons will be required, by the system, to have their card at the time of check-out or when requesting use of the computers. The library will hold items for a patron to return with their card or they can purchase a replacement card for $2.00.
Most of the costs for the Evergreen installation and ongoing system maintenance are funded by the Indiana State Library through Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants. "The State Library was impressed by the continued growth and development of the Evergreen software itself, and its flexibility to meet the individual needs of the local library," said Roberta Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. "Evergreen was developed by the library community and possesses many user-friendly modules and applications that best suit the needs of libraries."
Other local libraries using Evergreen include Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library, Brazil Public Library and Mitchell Community Pubic Library.
Member libraries migrate from a variety of ILS systems and serve populations ranging from 1,000 to 35,000.