Library upgrades extend online

Article image - Library upgrades extend online Burdekin Library upgrades are welcomed including an all-new Library Management system.

Burdekin Library became more accessible than ever when it switched to an all-new Library Management System on 12 June.

The upgrade came after 16 years utilising the old system and allows for increased functionality at a reduced cost.

Burdekin Shire Council Manager Community Services, David Cornwell said the Burdekin Library had welcomed a number of changes, both physically and virtually, in the past month.

“We are very excited to be in the process of revamping the roof, carpets and public toilets at the Ayr Library and upgrading the internet access at the Home Hill branch Library, so upgrading the Library Management System will complement improvements across the board and make online resources more accessible.

“One of the most noticeable changes as a result of the Library Management System upgrade for our regular visitors is the new online catalogue and login process: while users’ passwords used to contain the last four digits of their Library card number, their password will now be their date of birth.”

Mayor, Lyn McLaughlin said the Burdekin Library continued to play a pivotal role in the local community during the coronavirus pandemic, and its upgraded services would be appreciated by all residents.

“Our Burdekin Library branches are a hub for all residents to access information, learn new skills, and ignite their imagination.

“The upgrades currently being undertaken will ensure facilities offer a similar level of information and resources to our state and national counterparts.

“During the pandemic, Burdekin Library implemented a range of changes ahead of most other libraries across the state and saw its virtual sessions and online catalogue accessed by unprecedented numbers.

“For the past 16 years, the Library Management System has been reliable and offered access to all information users have required – however its upgrade will offer even greater navigation capabilities and resource access.”