Library catalog is made from people? that it’s MLK Day, I’m not surprised that many goverment offices are closed today, but is it really necessary to take down the online library catalog as well? Is it so fragile that it needs to have constant human supervision in order to function? When I do a search, is there someone deep inside Faulk running out to the shelves and checking for the book and then coming back and entering the results for me to see? I know the libraries are underfunded, but jeez, this is 2006. Is it too much to ask to have a library catalog available 24/7?

5 Comments so far

  1. M1EK (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    It’s probably being subcontracted out to these guys.

  2. Caroline (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

    I run in to this problem with them all the time, especially with accessing it at night.
    Quite frankly, I just don’t get it.

  3. Alan Jacobs (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

    Hold on until March. The Archaic system that they currently use is going away. They are moving to a 24/7 availability system then. I think they are really frustated with the current system also.

  4. ttrentham (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

    The geek in me guesses that they’re having to do some sort of batch update overnight to get up-to-date information from some old mainframe that doesn’t have network connectivity or something and that’s the reason for the screwy schedule.

    Anyway, glad to hear we’re getting an overhaul. I wonder if that’ll mean different URLs when searching? I may have update my LibraryLookup bookmarklet.

  5. inky (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 4:47 pm

    I have a different guess, Tim…. I think the catalog can’t be online unless someone is around to hit ESC or reboot.

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