Upgrading the library
In our continuing efforts to fulfill the campaign promises made in 2009, the Delaware County District Library is currently upgrading its Integrated Library System (ILS) to serve you better. You’re no doubt asking yourself, “What the heck is an ILS?” It is the software and hardware that allows us to combine the information about all of the books, DVDs and other library material with the circulation of those items.
You probably remember the old card catalogs (they were wonderful, weren’t they?) But they were not online, and updating the information on the cards was time-consuming and not done in “real time.” With the introduction of the online catalog, we were able to add information about library items quickly and accurately, allowing us to keep the catalog up to date.
But a more important function of an ILS is to integrate the information about the items in the library with their circulation information. While the card catalog provided information about a book that the library owned, it did not link that information to tell us who had the book checked out, when it was due, or if it were sitting on the shelf. The integration of the book records with the customer records makes the ILS a powerful and indispensable tool for library staff.
DCDL’s ILS is being upgraded to provide all of us, customers and library staff alike, with better, quicker and more easily accessible information, but as with any technology upgrade, we have experienced a few glitches along the way. Please don’t hesitate to call the library at 740–362-3861 if you’re having difficulties getting into your account or other problems.
As the old adage goes: You have to break some eggs to make an omelet. We’re breaking the eggs right now, and I am confident that we will have a wonderful omelet when all is said and done. I thank you in advance for your patience!
Who wrote “Heart and Soul?”
According to The Encyclopedia of American Music, the melody to “Heart and Soul” was written by Hoagy Carmichael, who’d penned such classics as “Stardust” and “Georgia on My Mind.” Two years later, first-time collaborator Frank Loesser added the lyrics to the song they’d decided to call “Heart and Soul.” The song languished around Paramount studios for a time, and at first was only used as a practice tape for then-hopeful actor Anthony Quinn. In 1939, three versions charted: Larry Clinton (reaching No. 1 on the chart), Eddy Duchin (reaching No. 12), and Al Donahue (reaching No. 16). The song later charted as No. 11 in 1952 by The Four Aces, as No. 57 in 1956 by Johnny Maddox, as No. 18 in 1961 by The Cleftones, and as No. 25 in 1961 by Jan and Dean. The song has been used in many advertisements, including a recent one for the iPad Mini.
Can CDs be recycled?
Yes, according to cdrecyclingcenter.org, CDs can be recycled for use in new products. Specialized electronic recycling companies clean, grind, blend, and compound the discs into a high-quality plastic for a variety of uses, including automotive industry parts, raw materials to make plastics, office equipment, alarm boxes and panels, street lights, and electrical cable insulation and jewel cases.
Why is that little car called a Smart Car?
Smart Automobile is an automotive branch of Daimler AG that specializes in manufacturing microcars. The design concept for smart cars began in the late 1980s, when SMH (makers of the Swatch brand of watches) CEO Nicolas Hayek began developing an idea for a new car using the same type of manufacturing strategies and personalization features used to popularize Swatch watches. He believed that the automotive industry had ignored a sector of potential customers who wanted a small and stylish city car. This idea soon became known as the “Swatchmobile.” After a period of backing by Volkswagen, the first model was finally launched by Daimler-Benz in October 1998. Several variants on the design have been introduced, but the original design is the most enduring. The final name settled upon was Smart, an acronym that had been previously used internally by MCC for Swatch Mercedes Art. The information is from Inventions and Inventors.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!