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Okanagan Regional Library Board Highlights from September 17th, 2014 September 22, 2014

The September Board Meeting was held in Summerland, BC, to allow the board to participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Summerland Branch of the ORL!

Summerland Building Committee Report

                Carol Zanon, Chair of the Summerland Building Committee, thanked her committee members for their hard work which has allowed the Summerland Building project to move forward so rapidly. The final detailed design by Urban Arts Architecture is almost complete, based on input from the community of Summerland, Summerland library staff, District of Summerland and Tango Management. The new library building will feature a community room which can be expanded when needed to accommodate larger groups, a bright, airy children’s area, a readers’ terrace and a teen corner.

Today’s ground-breaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction, with a target completion of June 2015. Board Chair Catherine Lord dug the first hole for the foundations and commented on how pleased the ORL board is to be able to provide a building that meets the community needs and showcases the importance of reading and literacy for all residents.

Budget 2015

                Lori Mindich, Chair of the Finance Committee, presented the draft budget for the board’s consideration. An overall 1.72% increase is proposed, the majority of which comes from negotiated wage increases and inflationary items, including mandatory increases to Municipal Pension Plan rates.  In 2013, the library experienced a surge in program attendance of 12.6% and an increase in reference transactions (many of which are related to help with ebooks and other devices) of 9.4%.  In response, the budget includes minor service and training improvements related to programs and staff training on dealing with people who have questions related to technology.  The board will vote on the final budget at their October meeting.

Summer Reading Club

                Summer Reading Club has wrapped up around the region. Many of the ORL board members took part in celebration ceremonies in their communities where children received medals and certificates for successfully completing their summer reading logs. A highlight of this year’s program was a visit to every branch by magician Leif David, who created a special show for the ORL highlighting the importance of reading. The magician tour was paid for with the generous support of the Friends of the Library groups across the region.

BC Library Trustee Association

                Director Lisa Cameron reported that the BCLTA, along with the BCLA, the ABCPLD and BCLC, will be present at UBCM this year in order to promote the importance of libraries in communities. A special handout will be given to UBCM attendees highlighting the statistics of library usage across the province. The director is hoping to meet with the minister responsible for libraries during UBCM.

New Integrated Library System

                CEO Stephanie Hall presented information to the board on the new Integrated Library System (ILS) which will go live on October 6th. This new system replaces the current system, which no longer serves the library’s needs. Patrons will be affected prior to the go live date as some services will be temporarily unavailable, although books will still be available for check out! Patrons will notice extended due dates on their items and are asked not to return items until after October 8th.


An Important Message from the Okanagan Regional Library About A New Computer System and Some Service Interruptions September 8, 2014

The ORL is switching over to a new computer system on October 6th, 2014.

There will be some new learning for both staff and patrons and some service interruptions during the transition – so please be patient.


This system, called Polaris, controls all aspects of the movement of items in our libraries as well as patron accounts at the library and at home. It will allow for

better workflow for staff, enable the public to register for programs on-line, make searching for e-books much simpler, and allow us to connect with and promote our community partners.


The new catalogue will have many of the same features as our current catalogue, including:

  • renewing your items, placing requests,
  • keeping reading lists
  • maintaining a reading history of items you have checked out.


Your existing username, private booklists (“My Shelves” in the Enhanced Catalogue), reading history, and any saved searches will be moved to your account in the new catalogue.

We will have help guides to get you started with the new catalogue, both in branches and on our website. Library staff will also be available to answer your questions in the branch, or you can email info@orl.bc.ca.


There will be interruptions in service as we move data from the old system to the new computer system. You will still be able to take out books during the transition period!


For a two week period, from September 22 – October 5, you will not be able to place holds.

For a one week period, from September 29 – October 5, these services will be unavailable:

  • Placing holds
  • Renewing material
  • Paying for fines
  • Returning books


All book drops will be closed. Staff can accept library material returned to them in person, but are not able to check in the items.

Our online resources (ebooks, databases) should function, but interruptions may occur. Internet access will still be available.


To help our customers through this period, we will be extending our loan periods to ensure nothing will be due during our transition. We ask our customers, if at all possible, to hang onto their materials from September 29 – October 8. We will be fully operational on-line starting October 6th, with staggered re-entry at the branches.


Please be patient with us. Our goal is to serve you better.


For up-to-date information on the new system, please visit our website frequently. Please direct any questions or concerns to info@orl.bc.ca.


Thank you!

August 26, 2014

Okanagan Regional Library has received official support from the District of Summerland Council for their plans for a new library building in Summerland.

After an extensive public consultation with patrons and other interested stakeholders in Summerland, an initial design was drafted by architects from Urban Arts Architecture. These plans were supported by district staff and the Summerland Design Committee, resulting in a successful presentation and adoption by council at their August 25th meeting.

Board Chair Catherine Lord was pleased with the evening’s results. “We knew going into this project that the District of Summerland was committed to streamlining the approval process as much as possible to meet our aggressive timelines, and we also knew that by doing our homework and coming up with an excellent, community-supported design we would make council’s job easy. We have an excellent team led by ORL Finance Manager Don Nettleton, along with Tango Management.”

The plans include ample meeting space within the library for a variety of uses, a special teens area and an outdoor reader’s terrace.

Library patron Linda Noble is excited about the new plans. “We need more space and we need it yesterday!” she exclaimed. “I really like the community area and I’m excited about the self-checkouts. It will be great for the librarians to have a quiet place for themselves to take proper breaks, and also more room for books and cds. I love that the library is going on Main Street – this will really dress up downtown Summerland and make it easier for newcomers to find the library.”

The entire project will be paid for by the Okanagan Regional Library from their building reserve funds, on land that was purchased from local landowners, Sean and Colleen Greenwood, and the District of Summerland.

Safety fencing will be going up around the site on September 2nd and demolition of the existing buildings will commence shortly. An official ground-breaking ceremony will be held in mid-September.

Questions about this project can be directed to Michele Rule, Communications Manager for the Okanagan Regional Library, at mrule@orl.bc.ca.

ORL Photo Contest! July 8, 2014

We are redesigning our Friends of the Library Book Bags and your photo could be featured!

Send in your photo, along with your name, phone number and the place where the photo was taken.

All entries must be in to mrule@orl.bc.ca by Friday, August 29th at 4 pm.

Digital photos must be 300 dpi at 8" by 10" with a maximum file size of 10 megabytes.

Entrants must be registered ORL library card holders. Photos must portray a location within the ORL service area.

Each entry will go into a random draw for a $50 gift card to the book store of your choice. If your photo is chosen for the bookbag, you will be credited on the bag and will receive 5 bookbags.

Good luck everyone and we look forward to seeing all of your amazing pictures!

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