New universal library cards in Blair County

Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pa. - "Here's your card," said Jennifer Knisely. 
 
Each of the Blair County commissioners were presented with new library cards Tuesday morning that can be used at every public library in the county. 
 
"I am absolutely excited to get that, said Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb.  "I've been a long time user, probably since I was 3 or 4 years old at the Hollidaysburg Library and have had this is actually my old library card with all the extra stickers on trying to use it other county libraries particularly the Altoona Library."
 
The cards go with a new $18,000 book cataloging system.
 
Jennifer Knisely with the county's library system says it can be accessed from all 8 library websites. 
 
"If a patron is standing in Claysburg on their catalog they can see the holdings through out the entire county," explained Knisely. "It also enables the librarians to more efficiently place holds for patrons and move items within the county more efficiently."
 
The new catalog system was an opportunity to design new library cards.
 
"I have the adult design which is with the little Blair County Library System logo but the one that has been designed for the children's cards is great," said Erb.
 
They've been working for 12 years to create the universal system. 
 
"We're all really proud of the work that we've done, especially over the last year getting ready for this move," said Knisely. "Like I said the end user experience is really what drove this merge at this time."
 
The new adult library cards and childrens library cards are available at all 8 public libraries in the county. 
 
People can still use their current cards at the library but will be issued a new one when it's time to renew their card. 
 
Users can drop off books from the libraries at any location. 
 

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