Checked out over check out?
I was intrigued by this blog item about city students' ability to check out books from their school libraries. Over the summer, the city school system changed the software that its libraries use, and the blogger says some schools still aren't up to speed -- meaning either that kids can't take books home, or it's hard to keep track of them.
I asked the school system about this allegation, and as it turns out, yes, there was an issue at the beginning of the year and schools had to keep track of books manually. But spokeswoman Edie House says the librarians have been able to check out books with the new software since early October. The system let its old software contract run out and is now using free, Web-based software that students and staff can access anywhere to see what's available in city school libraries. Officials say most books in schools' collections (all those purchased centrally at a discount price) have been entered into this new software.
Still not sure what prompted the delay...