Thursday, December 29, 2005

Update to Library Closings

Due to the ongoing window replacement work, the library will remain closed until 3 pm today, Thursday, 12/29. In addition, we will be closed on Friday, 12/30. Regular hours will resume on Monday, January 2, 2006.

Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Library Closing

To permit replacement of the clerestory windows, the Library will close on the mornings of Wednesday 12/28, Thursday 12/29, and Friday 12/30.

The library will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 2-9 pm and Friday from 12-5 pm.

Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Express Workstations Now Available

Just need to check your email? Have a quick Internet errand to do? You can now use one of two Express Internet terminals in the library for Internet, email, or database checks for 10-15 minutes. These stations are located in the alcoves next to the Reference Desks.

As always, if you need to get online for longer than 15 minutes, print, or use word processing software, ask a librarian to sign you up to use the public workstations.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Website Redesign

Not only is the Library becoming part of SWAN this year, but we are also in the process of redesigning our website to make it more user-friendly and informative for patrons. We hope to launch the new site, with SWAN, in August 2006.

We are interested in getting patron suggestions as we work to make the website useful and interesting for everyone. What do you like about the current website? What do you dislike? What works? What doesn't work? What would you like to see on the web in the future?

Let us know by commenting here.

Thank you.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

System Wide Automated Network

Fast Facts

Participating libraries: 71 public libraries, 1 school library, 2 special libraries, & 3 community college libraries

Number of simultaneous users: over 1000
Number of patrons in database: over 1.2 million
Number of unique titles in database: over 1.1 million
Total number of volumes: over 6.8 million
Average items checked out yearly: over 10.8 million

Wednesday, December 07, 2005


At its October Board meeting, the Library Board of Trustees unanimously approved joining the SWAN computer library network of the Metropolitan Library System. During the coming year, the Library will be engaged in a process of switching over, or ’migrating’, to the new SWAN library catalog. We hope to have the new SWAN system up and running by the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year (August 2006).

Why now? The Library’s current system is rapidly reaching obsolescence and it will soon no longer be supported by the company that designed it. The system isn’t representative of current library practices - especially as we’ve moved to a web-based era - and has been limiting to both patrons and library staff members.

Over the summer months, we solicited and received input from a team of staff and community members regarding the selection of a new system. Members of the committee ultimately felt SWAN was the Library’s best choice due to long-term cost concerns as well as the frequently-heard desire to belong to the shared system that SWAN represents. We’re confident the Library is moving in the right direction and would like to thank patrons Barbara Deibert and Janette Marsala, as well as the many staff members who shared opinions on this important topic.

Partnering in SWAN will not only modernize library service to our patrons – it will enable Brookfield patrons to access and borrow materials from our library as well as from 77 neighboring libraries - all with the click of the mouse. Once the system is up and running, patrons will quickly notice how easy accessing desired titles has become. Nearly all area libraries belong to the SWAN consortium, including Lyons, McCook, La Grange, La Grange Park, Riverside, and North Riverside Public Libraries.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming months on the Library’s move to join SWAN. The Library is looking forward to working with a 21st century library system and will be happy to be providing patrons with a much sought-after service.

We welcome your comments and questions about this exciting change. Please watch this blog for news and updates as the migration progresses.

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