CHECK IT OUT: Library closing May 10 for training session

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 01:10 PM.

The Crestview Public Library will host this year’s Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative Staff Training Day on May 10. All member libraries will close that day.

"Some new technologies are used in the way customers use our services; for example, downloading e-books onto smart phones,” said Vicky Stever, cooperative coordinator and Crestview resident. “Other technology changes are behind the scenes and affect the library workplace. It's so important to come together to learn and be refreshed so we can provide the cheerful, competent service that people need."

A 1991 Florida Administrative Code revision allowed existing municipal libraries to remain autonomous while agreeing to share resources. Charter membership began Oct. 1, 1997, with three public libraries — Crestview, Mary Esther and Niceville — on board, and expanded in October 1999 when the Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Valparaiso libraries joined the cooperative.

The cooperative’s member libraries have made strides in service to area residents, increasing technology to member libraries with computer support, a new automation system and an online catalog. Okaloosa residents may search all member libraries’ collections as well as pick up and drop off items at any member library.

 More than 60 percent of our patrons live outside Crestview city limits. Prior to the cooperative’s formation, those residents paid an annual membership fee. Now, any Okaloosa County resident can receive a free initial library card that works at all six libraries.


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