Yup. Our new cataloging/circulation computer system, Mill3nnium by Inn0vative Techn0l0gies, was supposed to FINALLY go live last Monday.
Of course, it didn't.
There've been some problems.
A few issues, you see.
Couple of glitches.
They're workin' on it.
Probably be ready by next week.
been hearing that song for a month now. And every week new and more
horrifying system glitches are discovered and more librarians lose fist
fulls of their own hair as they realize that they are the ones who'll
have to do all the work to go in and clean things up.
don't know all the specifics of this work, but I do know that great
heaps of data keep disappearing. Our collection as of September, when
the computer people TOOK our data and forbade us to alter or delete any
of it til we officially got it back in the form of the new cataloging
system, sat at around 33,000 items (books, videos, etc.). And that's
33,000 items that WE had to REBARCODE by hand last summer in preparation
for all this. And while we have physically removed books from our
collection since then, they are supposed to still exist in our data
record. That being the case, when the computer people squirted all our
data back to us last week, in preparation for the new GO LIVE date, we
should still have had all 33,000 items, right?
Try 24,000 items.
also not the only library who've been handed this can of rancid
tamales. So now the great hunt for data has begun. And that's not even
the least of the computer worries.
From what I'm told,
though, things are rapidly getting better, but it's still unknown when
we're going to finally go live for sure. Once we do, I'm anticipating
lot's more computer worries. Yep, we're gonna have to walk through fire
before getting to the promised land of smooth circulation.
I've signed up MORE new patrons since we've been actively discouraging
people from getting new library cards than in just about any week before
One lady has been coming in for weeks
promising her little girl that she can have her own library card and has
graciously been delaying this in anticipation of the new system.
Yesterday, she'd reached the end of her patience, though. As soon as I
started my spiel encouraging her to wait, she put up a hand to stop me
and said she wanted a card for her kid regardless of its impending
expiration date. She wasn't rude about it. She was just tired of hearing
her daughter moan about it. So I made her one up and the kid was happy. It really doesn't affect anything for us to add new patrons. We the staff just hate having to do the same job twice.
of which, remember that whole rant several paragraphs up about our
rebarcoding every book last summer? The whole reason we did all that
work was to shift our entire collection from a nine digit barcode to a
ten digit barcode. We hoped this would eliminate the massive doubling up
of barcode numbers within our library network, which was due to morons
in other counties who ordered barcodes that used the same numbers other
libraries were ALREADY using, despite having been repeatedly told NOT TO
DO THAT. This kind of thing would have resulted in mass chaos when
EVERYBODY's item numbers were consolidated into one system like we're
Got all that?
Well, yesterday, Mrs. C let it slip that the Powers that Be, geniuses that they are, have now started making noise that we'll soon need to shift all items to a 14 digit barcode.
"It better not happen til the year 2010," I said. "Cause I'm not rebarcoding another book until at least then."
Unfortunately, every new item catalogued into the new system is already being given a 14 digit barcode.
Good omen? I think not.