Auto-Graphics, Inc. – – – February 2015 Library of the Month
Middlebury Public Library, Middlebury, Connecticut
Library mission: To provide information, resources, and services that educate, enlighten, entertain and inspire our community to learn at every age.
Staff: Four full-time and four part-time employees and numerous volunteers.
Present holdings: More than 67,000 books, periodicals, films, DVDs, CDs, video games, three Kindles, activity bags, puzzles, etc.
• The State of Connecticut’s ConnectiCard program allows Connecticut residents to borrow materials with their active library card in any library in the state.
• The library has a standalone circulation system that will continue to provide an extensive interlibrary loan system available to our library users. This interlibrary loan system, called Request, will allow you to borrow any book in the State of Connecticut. It is operated by the State Library.
• Middlebury Library not only has special collections including colleges/careers, parenting, large print books; it has additional new space to meet the community’s needs.
• The Middlebury Public Library completed a major renovation/expansion in November 2013 due to a state grant, public donations, and town funding under the current Library Director Jo-Ann LoRusso. The new construction project consisted of adding a quiet reading area with a fireplace, a teen room, five study rooms, a Café, an additional meeting room, an expanded conference room with kitchenette, and a cataloged Connecticut History and Genealogy Room.
• The Library offers family passes to area museums that are available for checkout and hosts programs, lectures, and seminars which are available to the public free of charge. Book discussions for every age, summer reading programs, and extensive online databases thru iCONN are just a few of the many offerings the Middlebury Public Library provides throughout the year.
Operational: The Middlebury Public Library saved approximately $20,000 in operating expenses simply by switching our automated library system. Auto-Graphics provides our new automated library system, Verso 4.0, replacing the previous system, Evergreen, provided through Bibliomation.
The savings from switching automated systems will allow the Library to maintain a current collection containing various formats in order to be ADA compliant. The savings will also provide updated technology over the next several years to keep up with 21st Century advancements. The public will be able to enjoy the same number of hours of operation, including Saturdays, at no additional cost. The highly skilled Library staff will continue to participate in professional development opportunities to ensure the highest level of customer service.
A-G would like to extend a special thanks to Jo-Ann LoRusso, Library Director at Middlebury Public Library for the information provided in this article and thanks as well to Middlebury Public for their use of A-G’s VERSO ILS software.