His­toric McConchie school open for hol­i­day tours

Maryland Independent - - News -

Room School will be open for tours 4-8 p.m. Fri­day, Dec. 9, and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 10, dur­ing the Kris Kringle Christmas Market at the Charles County Fair­grounds. tem known as COS­MOS will be un­avail­able to li­brary pa­trons in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s coun­ties on Tues­day, Dec. 6. The In­te­grated Li­brar y Sys­tem (ILS) that runs COS­MOS is be­ing up­graded and will be taken off­line by 8 a.m. that day. As soon as the up­grades are com­pleted, the sys­tem will be turned back on.

All li­brary branches will open at their nor­mal times, but can pro­vide only lim­ited ser­vices dur­ing this time. Cus­tom- ers who want to re­new or bor­row a li­brary item must have their li­brary card with them.

The up­grade lays the ground­work for a new fea­ture to COS­MOS, al­low­ing li­brary users to see elec­tronic books, as well as place holds and check them out di­rectly from the cat­a­log. Users of eBooks will no longer be redi­rected to the Over­Drive site to check out and down­load a book. The com­plete up­grade process for this fea­ture could take an ad­di­tional week to al­low con­tent in­te­gra­tion of the eBooks into the cat­a­log, but that will be done with­out any user im­pact.

Li­brary cus­tomers will also no­tice a change in the “Did you mean” search dis­play mak­ing it eas­ier for them to find items, as well as a new icon to make the dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion be­tween dvds and blu-ray ma­te­ri­als


more clear.

There are also sev­eral new fea­tures that are be­hind-the-scenes to im­prove work­flow and in­crease ef­fi­cien­cies for staff.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact mar­ket­ing@ somd.lib.md.us.

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