We'll be closing from Wednesday August 14 through Friday August 16. Library staff will be scanning every item in the library. Book drops will be closed during this time. Items returned during this time might not be checked in until Monday August 19.
Who knew that the little San Juan Island Library had 110 “collection codes?” “What’s a collection code?” you may ask. A collection code refers to the area where the items are shelved and the type of material. So, for instance, there are our large collections of juvenile fiction, young adult fiction, and fiction for adults.
We have movies for different age groups, and audio books for different age groups. We have the local collection of books about San Juan County and separate local reference materials. We have Northwest materials about the region. Then there are smaller collections like Spanish language adult fiction, Spanish language children’s fiction, etc.
Altogether, the many areas and types of materials add up to over 58,000 items in the library with unique barcodes. And we have to scan each one. This will provide us with records to ensure every item is where it belongs. We will also be able to identify items that are not properly described in the catalog - so the catalog won’t send library users to the wrong part of the library to take a book from the shelf.
Some of you may remember that last year we tried to switch to a newer database to manage our check-in and checkout system. In that attempt to make things better, errors were created during the process of trying something new and then switching back. We’d like to catch those mistakes and correct them now, so you can rely on the catalog for accurate information.
Planning the inventory to coincide with the San Juan County Fair means we’ll be closed at what historically has been a very quiet time in the library. We hope to inconvenience the fewest library users. And our online information sources including our databases will continue to be available. So have fun at the fair, and we’ll be open Saturday August 17.