May 20, 2022

South Carolina: Pickens County Library Computer System ‘Dead in the Water’

From Greenville Online:

You can still check out books and use the public computers, but you can’t access the electronic card catalog, and clerks are having to keep track of who’s checking out what the old-fashioned way – by pencil and paper.

“Basically, we’re kind of dead in the water,” said Allison Anderson, director of the library system.

The fix is expected to cost the county between $266,000 and $274,000.


The Library Board held an emergency meeting Tuesday and decided to recommend outsourcing the system, Anderson said.


The board hopes to set up a meeting with the County Council finance committee as soon as possible and ask for approval for going with the SirsiDynix offsite system, she said. It’s the same company through which the library system gets its software.

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