BLRL is going ‘Evergreen’ in November

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System (BLRL) is always working to provide better services despite having limited funds, which is part of why it has announced it is joining Missouri Evergreen.

“This will not only save us money but will provide our patrons with better service,” said Library Director Gina Milburn. “So, what is Missouri Evergreen, and why should library patrons be excited about it? Missouri Evergreen is a statewide group of partnering libraries that use the same computer software to manage and share books and other materials.

“This switch will save money. As many of you know, our budget is stretched thin, so the $10,000 in estimated annual savings is greatly needed.”

Visitors to any branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will soon be able to browse and borrow materials from 45 different library systems across the state. This new service will be provided without added costs to Library System patrons.

“Better service while saving money is a win-win in my book,” Milburn said.

On Nov. 4-13, BLRL branches will not receive any new books or other materials during this time as they transition from one computer system to the other.

On Nov. 11, all BLRL branch locations will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day. Patrons may experience disruptions in online service, for example patrons may not be able to renew materials, place holds, or check out e-resources.

On Nov. 12-13, all BLRL branch locations will be open as scheduled, but there may be disruptions in online services, for example patrons may continue to not be able to renew materials, place holds, or check out e-resources. Library computer-based functions may not be working and checking in or out may be slower.

“These are ‘growing pains’ as we switch from one computer system to the other,” Milburn said. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our patrons.

Nov. 14 is the “GO LIVE” date, the projected date to have Missouri Evergreen up and running for library functions online and in the library branches. Please be patient with the staff as they work to provide this new service to library patrons.

Dec. 2 is the projected date patrons may begin borrowing from all the member libraries' shared collections of books and other materials. Missouri Evergreen and the consortium of 45 member libraries should be fully integrated and up and running by this date.

The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library’s mission is “Connecting People to the Transforming Power of Knowledge.

”We carry out this mission through nine branch libraries located in Aurora, Cassville, Eagle Rock, Marionville, Miller, Monett, Mt. Vernon, Pierce City, and Shell Knob,” Milburn said. “We are Missouri’s first consolidated library district and hold one of the state’s largest public library collections of books and other media. Everyone is welcome at the library.”

To find out more about the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library, people may visit its website at Community support funds everything the library does.