West Has Big Plans for Libraries Technology Director to Upgrade Stations, Catalog
Allen, Kari, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Although today is only his fifth day at work, one of the newest members of the Naperville Public Libraries staff already has a vision for the direction the libraries need to take.
Mark West, previously director of the Brookfield Public Library, started this week as assistant director for information technologies at the Naperville libraries.
West will oversee various computer systems and will work on the libraries' Web site.
During the libraries board meeting Wednesday night, West pinpointed the first three technological advances the libraries need to make.
The first, he said, is to update work stations.
New computers have been in the libraries' budget for some time, but the process to purchase those computers had been put on hold for a few months.
Bids for 40 new work stations should open in about two weeks, West said.
The new computers will replace outdated terminals at both Nichols and Naper Boulevard libraries. Most will be reserved for public use, but some will be set aside for staff members.
The youth services department at Nichols will be one of the areas to receive updated equipment, West said.
"We need PCs," West said. "We can use some of the existing equipment to replace even older equipment."
West also wants to upgrade the libraries' Dynix system.
The Dynix contains the libraries' cataloging and check-out systems.
Upgrading it would help both staff and patrons, officials say.
"Sometimes the staff has to scramble to keep all the work stations up and functional," West said. "That could mean one less terminal is available to check materials out."
One less check-out terminal could mean longer lines for patrons waiting to borrow books or tapes.
West and the rest of the staff say they want to make resources as accessible and efficient as possible for patrons. …