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Floating the in the Most Peculiar Way

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on April 15th, 2016

A couple months ago, COOL started floating collections between independently governed and funded libraries. The goal is to reduce wait times for patrons at member libraries.

Here’s how it works:

  • COOL libraries purchase multiple copies of items with high hold/copy ratios.
  • Items are processed without any local branding.
  • Items circulate throughout the consortium, without any geographic restrictions, on a “first in, first out” basis.
  • Once hold lists are fulfilled, the item resides where it was last returned and remains there until a hold from another library is generated.

Looking at circulation numbers, it appears it is working as intended. Items with more than five holds per copy have reduced 12% since the project started. We only expect it to continue to improve as time goes on.

Joe Knueven, director of Germantown Public Library and Chauncey Montgomery, director of Community Library (Sunbury) will be doing a in-depth presentation of the project at the 2016 EIC conference in Raleigh, NC.

Germantown goes live with COOL!

Posted by Sunbury_Admin on May 7th, 2012


Today the Germantown Public Library went live with Evergreen on the Consortium of Ohio Libraries shared catalog.

Evergreen is the open source ILS originally developed in Georgia and now in use by over 200 libraries in 22 states, and in 6 other countries. This count only includes reported installations, as anybody is free to download and install the software and try it out for themselves.

The Consortium of Ohio Libraries is a new consortium funded in part by an LSTA grant and supported by OHIONET in Columbus. Germantown is the second of the eight founding members to migrate onto the system.

If you have any questions about Evergreen or joining COOL, please feel free to contact Joe Knueven, director of Germantown, at 937-696-9998, ext. 10, or or contacting the consortium’s president, Chauncey Montgomery, Director of the Community Library in Sunbury. He may be reached at 740-965-3901 or