Using Your Library is About to Get Even Better in April
The 77 libraries in the SWAN consortium are gearing up for the April switchover to the new Symphony ILS and the online catalog Enterprise. Patrons will be able to view eBook holds and checkouts, place holds, freeze holds and pay fines. But the new features are going to enhance the user experience and make things easier for those who regularly use the catalog.
Most importantly, the SWAN catalog with SirsiDynix Enterprise allows for more intuitive searching, eBook integration and online resources. With intuitive searching, patrons will get recommended titles and receive results the way they would expect, resembling the familiarity of popular internet search engines. For eBook and audiobook lovers, this new catalog provides a seamless combination. A patron can view the downloadable resources that are checked out to his or her account, search for all digital holdings in the catalog and then download these materials without having to leave the catalog.
After the "Go Live" date, this advanced system will offer additional value to patrons because of mobile apps and social media integration. With this dynamic experience, patrons can even choose to receive phone, e-mail or text notifications of due dates, available holds and more.
Please call or stop by the library to verify your contact phone number during March.
Following the implementation of SirsiDynix in April, all patrons will be required to reset their four digit PIN numbers for their library card accounts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I still check out books from other libraries?
Yes! SWAN libraries love sharing, and are implementing new options made possible by our new system. You may continue to use your library card in person at any SWAN library and to request materials for pick up at your library.
Why did the library have to change the catalog?
After ten years with the current catalog, SWAN libraries decided to investigate new options. During the search process, library staff found that many new generation catalogs could provide easy access to downloadable media like ebooks and audiobooks and have the potential to search online reference sources. After a lengthy selection process, SWAN libraries selected Enteprise to replace our existing catalog. Beginning in April, you'll be able to search your library's physical and digital materials with one click, and initiate ebook downloads from within the catalog. SWAN libraries are excited to offer these new features while continuing to provide the same great services you already expect.
Will I access my account in the same way?
You will still have easy online access to your library account. You will continue to log in with your library card number or barcode and PIN. Your PIN will be reset to the last four digits of your primary phone number. You can change your PIN online when the catalog is active, or by speaking with a library staff member.
Will I have to change my PIN?
All PINs will be reset to the last four digits of the primary phone number on the patron's account. If your account does not have a phone number, or you wish to change your PIN, you may reset your PIN once the new catalog is live. You must have a valid email address on your account to reset your PIN online. Otherwise, please contact your local library for staff assistance.
Will I still be able to use my current library card?
Yes. Your existing library card will continue to work with the new catalog. We will transfer all of your checkouts, holds, and other information, including your reading history if it is enabled. Your existing PIN will not work in the new catalog, and will be reset to the last four digits of your primary phone number.
Patrons who have opted into saving their "Reading History" will find it transferred to their account in the new catalog.
Prior to the roll out of SirsiDynix, all patrons who utilize "Wish Lists" in the current catalog and need to export this information. This information will not transfer to SirsiDynix.
New Library Catalog Coming This Spring
Prairie Trails Public Library District, in connection with other libraries in the SWAN library consortium, will switch over to a new software system in April 2015. The catalog will offer many new features to enhance your library experience. Our newsletter and other member communications will provide more details as they become available.
Our software system will be down April 11, 2015 through April 15, 2015 to implement the change.
Come – visit your library!
We have programming for all ages – join us – meet your neighbors. The library offers weekly movies for adults, book clubs, remote access to library databases (Chicago Tribune, genealogy, etc.), books on CD, music on CD, DVDs, large print books, computer stations, materials in Spanish, Polish and Arabic...and more.
Of note you are able to use your Prairie Trails Library card at any local library – including the Chicago Public Library (they will give you a reciprocal card to use). Patrons may also visit, call or use the library's webpage to place materials 'on hold'. In this case we may get materials from neighboring libraries – even from across the country –so that you may check them out. Also, don't forget, you may also use the library's website to download e-books for your use.
Emergency Closing Center
The library emergency closings will be posted on the Emergency Closing Center
Welcome to OneClickdigital, an audiobook download service being offered to Prairie Trails library card holders. OneClickdigital provides access to always available titles in audiobook format published by Recorded Books.
Tax Time is Approaching…
WE HAVE RECEIVED A LIMITED SUPPLY OF 1040 TAX FORMS - YOU MAY PRINT FORMS AT A COST OF .10 PER PAGE - BLACK AND WHITE OR .25 PER PAGE -COLOR
The Prairie Trails Public Library District will be working in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service in providing the most requested Tax forms for the convenience of our patrons.
If you do not see the form you need – whether federal or state – ask the adult reference librarians to assist you.