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KRL system down while launching new online catalog April 26

April 4th, 2012 at Wed, 4th, 2012 at 9:13 am by Michelle Beahm

Kitsap library users will have only limited access to the KRL catalog from Sunday, April 22 through Wednesday, April 25 as the library system transitions to its new integrated library system (ILS) software. The new system software from Polaris Library Systems has been scheduled to go live April 26.

During the four days of the transfer, the KRL catalog will not be accessible. No holds will be able to be placed on items in the catalog during that four-day period. Patrons will not be able to access their library account records to see when the materials they have checked out are due, to renew items they’ve borrowed or to check on fines and fees they may owe.

Staff from KRL and Polaris have already moved data from the existing system into the new one and have been testing the new system to make sure the transition later this month will go smoothly.

KRL has created a web page with some Frequently Asked Questions about the transition to the new ILS.

The April 22-25 transition period is to allow KRL to transfer all current records from the existing ILS to the new system.
KRL Board Elects New Officers

At its regular monthly meeting on March 27, the Kitsap Regional Library Board of Trustees elected John Lyall to be the Board’s next president and Jackie Aitchison to be the next vice president. Both will assume their duties at the April Board meeting.

Lyall, the Board’s Bremerton representative, has served as a trustee since Oct. 1, 2007, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board. He is retired after a career first in human resources (including a stint as the HR Director of Seattle Public Library) and then real estate.

Aitchison, the North Kitsap representative, has served on the Board since Jan. 1, 2004. She formerly served as a Poulsbo City Council member and has been very active in promoting farmer’s markets in Kitsap County and across the state.

The KRL Board of Trustees is appointed by the Kitsap County Commissioners. The Board’s five members represent the five school district regions of the county: Bainbridge, North Kitsap, Central Kitsap, Bremerton and South Kitsap. Board members are appointed to five-year terms and are limited to serving two terms or up to 10 years on the board.

The Board’s other members are: Dan Gottlieb of Bainbridge Island, Gail Mathison of South Kitsap and Teresa McDermott of Central Kitsap.
A Look at KRL’s Collection

Kitsap Regional Library plans to spend about $1,165,000 in 2012 on its collection, about 11 percent of its overall budget.

Part of that money goes to subscribe to special research databases that librarians and the public can use in a variety of ways to get information they need for their work, businesses or education, or to research things like family history or learn a foreign language.

But the bulk of the collections budget is used to buy new items that can be borrowed by library users.

For 2012, the library expects to spend about 62 percent of the collection budget on books and magazines; about 14 percent of the budget on downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and music; and about 12 percent of the collection on physical media (music on CDs; video on DVDs).

The demand for downloadable materials is growing at incredible speed. Ebook downloads at KRL in 2011 totaled 23,204, a 374 percent increase over 2010. If the trend for the first three months of 2012 continues, a similar increase in ebook downloads will be experienced in 2012. In the first two and a half months of the year, total downloads were nearly half of the total for the entire year in 2011.

Kindle ebooks now make up half the downloadable ebooks borrowed from KRL. Books for Kindles only became available for library users in the fourth quarter of 2011.

This is an interesting trend well worth watching over the next 18 months.

Michelle Beahm covers the Poulsbo and North Kitsap beat for the North Kitsap Herald. Check the Poulsbo Beat for information about events around the city. Have a news tip, email

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