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Flagler upgrades library's automated system

Jun 26, 2017
by Jordan Puyear

Flagler College’s library services is now more mobile-friendly, thanks to a new automated system. The Proctor Library upgraded last week from a system known as Voyager to another called Sierra.

“Our new system, Sierra, is very mobile-friendly,” Web Services Librarian Blake Pridgen said. “Students will be able to manage their library accounts, and it has powerful reporting and statistical features that will allow us to keep better tabs on what’s really happening with our library.”

Pridgen worked on the system transition with Librarian Caitlin Trachim. One big advantage, Pridgen said, is that students can now use their account to keep track of all of their research sources.

“Students are able to log into Sierra with their library accounts and have the option to save books and articles to a list that will always be available to them,” he said. “Students are also able to place holds on books and be notified via text message when their books are available. They can also use their phones to renew books and receive messages from the library.”

Trachim stated that students should adapt to Sierra fairly easily if they are already familiar with searching on the existing database and library catalog.

“So far we really love what we’ve seen,” she said. “Sierra is a complex, powerful piece of software that will make our lives easier in many ways, plus we believe it will improve the library experience for our students, faculty, and staff.”

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