- Queens Library’s integrated library system (ILS) is more than a decade old. The ILS is the computerized system that drives the library’s catalog and holds all the customer “borrower’s” accounts. New technology advances have eclipsed it. Work teams are involved in reviewing it for replacement.
- The groundwork was laid to replace hands-on book ordering with online book ordering for efficiency. Traditionally, librarians made a monthly pilgrimage to Central Library to review new books and materials for possible purchase for their branches. Beginning in FY ’06, it will be done online.
- Queens Library’s New Americans Program was awarded the ASCLA Exceptional Service Award for its program that assists the New York State Department of Corrections’ librarians in supplying inmates who speak languages other than English or Spanish with approved library materials.
Queens Library’s Technical Services Department was given Nylink’s first Achievement Award for developing a computer program that converts Russian language catalog records into Cyrillic, with minimal intervention.