Oak Harbor Library Blog

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cool things in Polaris

There are so many cool features in our new online library system, Polaris! One thing I particularly like is the "Reader rating," which gives readers' reviews with the click of a button and without having to go to another website. What other cool features have you discovered? Happy Searching! Kara

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hold Your Holds-Polaris is Coming

A new online library catalog that offers personalized library experience is almost here! Starting in early April, you will be able to find library materials faster and more efficiently, personalize your account with request lists and reading history, have more control over your incoming requests and share reviews using integrated social media tools.
This much needed update replaces a system that is more than 20 years old, and the transition is a huge endeavor. At Sno-Isle Libraries it involves the transfer of 1.3 million book and other item records from one system to another, plus the accounts of nearly 500,000 cardholders.
For the next two weeks you won't be able to place new requests, and none of your previously placed holds will come in. Don't worry, your requests are safe and will be successfully transferred to the new system. In the meantime, you can still search the catalog, access library resources online, and check out and return books, movies and music. We're saving some great stuff for you at the library! Find out more at www.sno-isle.org/explore/polarisinfo
Serendipity reigns again - Mary

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Local History at Your Local Library

Snohomish and Island Counties are rich with fascinating local history stories and people. Be sure to check out your local library's local history resources to learn about things that Google has likely never heard of!

Happy Hunting,

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Erica Bauermeister at Oak Harbor Library

Erica Bauermeister, this year's Whidbey Reads author of The School of Essential Ingredients, spoke Wednesday March 9 at the Oak Harbor Library. She was funny and erudite, and appeared to be totally relaxed with the crowd of more than 60 people. She spoke about her experiences as a writer, would-be chef (she prefers cooking for those she loves) and mother, and especially about the friends who have influenced her career. The enthusiastic audience had opportunities to ask questions, purchase copies of the book from Wind and Tide Bookshop, and chat with Erica as she signed books.

Erica Bauermeister also met with students at Skagit Valley College for a more informal question and answer session on Thursday morning. Students from Gail Davern's literature class had great questions: it was clear that they had read the book with compassion and understanding. As Erica says, "in literature there is no right or wrong: it's just a place where we come together to try to understand a different point of view."

Erica describes herself as a "functional introvert" - it's hard to see any shyness, but we'll take her word for it. You can also hear Kara's interview with Erica on KWPA 96.9!

Kara (and Mary)