On Thursday, May 2nd, the Bucyrus Public Library (BPL) joined the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL), adding nearly 55,000 additional items to the COOL-CAT collection. The Bucyrus Public Library is the 13th library in Ohio to join the consortium, and begin using the Evergreen ILS, since its inception in 2012.
Resource sharing will begin with all other COOL member libraries on May 13th, making over 700,000 materials available to the Bucyrus community. This means shorter hold periods, faster access, and a family of libraries within driving distance where a BPL card is honored.
BPL will host informal classes about using the new system - and searching for materials from both BPL and the other COOL libraries - on two dates:
* Monday, May 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
* Wednesday, May 22 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Evergreen, the open source ILS originally developed by PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) for the Georgia Public Library Service, is used by over 2,000 libraries across 31 states, 7 countries, and 6 Canadian provinces. This count only includes reported installations, as anybody is free to download, install and try it out for their library.
COOL is always open to new members. If you are interested becoming a COOL library, or if you want more information on the consortium or Evergreen, contact Matt Polcyn, Director of Technology Services at OhioNET, at email@example.com