I hope no one minds, but this is a plea to all my librarian friends out there. Our local authority library has just adopted a new cataloguing and admissions system. They’ve moved from Galaxy to Spydus. No one seems to be quite certain why they’ve done this but, to judge by all the complaints going in, the convenience of the borrower wasn’t foremost in their considerations. Neither, as far as I can gather, are the librarians in the local branch libraries happy with the change. It definitely takes them longer to find the answer to any query borrowers might have and sometimes the system assures them they don’t have a particular book when you’re actually looking at a copy on the shelf.
After another long moaning session yesterday morning I said that I would ask here if anyone has had any experience of Spydus and if so can they suggest why it might have been a good idea to make the change. And does anyone know if it is set up for a three week borrowing period? With the introduction of the system we have gone from four weeks to three, however, as what I assume is a sop to borrowers we can now have ten books instead of eight. I have asked for an explanation of the logic behind the reasoning that says while in 2012 I was only thought to be able to read eight books in four weeks, suddenly, over night, I have become capable of reading ten in three weeks in 2013. I haven’t had a response.
Any information anyone could give would be really useful. Thanks in advance.