Thursday, February 19, 2009

Upcoming outage

The City is going to be doing some electrical work over at City Hall this Saturday, and electrical power to that small area will be cut off from 7 am to 3 pm. (The affected buildings include City Hall, Borough Offices (Reid Building), Redman hall, Masonic Lodge, Pioneers of Alaska, Fireside, First bank warehouse.)
How does this affect the library and our patrons? Well, our server is sitting in City Hall. So on Saturday we will have to alter our services a little.
What we can do:
  • Check books out to you using your library card
  • Check your books in
  • Renew items for you
  • Help you find things on the shelf based on our innate knowledge of the Dewey Decimal system and years of experience knowing exactly where each book is kept in the building (like asking your Mom where is the lanyard you made at summer camp last year)
What we cannot do:
  • Look you up in the computer by name
  • Search the catalog (it will be down)
  • Let you use the Internet (it will be down)
  • Get you a new library account
  • Collect overdue fines
  • Tell you when things already checked out on your account are due
  • Place books on hold for you

This will be the first time we use our new 'emergency offline circulation system', and I am looking forward to seeing how it goes. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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