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Automated catalog system updated through Tocker Foundation grant


The Edwards Public Library has received a 2012 Tocker Foundation Grant to upgrade its old library Follett cataloging and circulation system to the new BookSystems Atriuum cataloging system and circulation.

The Edwards Public Library had received a 1997 Tocker Foundation Grant to convert the library’s card catalog to the Follett Library Automation System, which included a new cataloging, circulation system and an online catalog.  In 2011, after being with that system for almost 15 years, the library discovered that Follett would no longer give technical support if the library upgraded to Windows 7.

“This was very disappointing for the library,” said Librarian Norma Ruiz-Hearne. “In order for the Edwards Public Library to keep up with new trends in technology, we need to keep the library’s computers up to date.  Not only is it good for the library to keep current, but also for the library patrons who utilize our public access computers.”

The Edwards Public Library applied for the 2012 Tocker Foundation Grant for a new automation system to replace the old one.   The new system is web-based, will be housed off site, and the library will no longer have to use a server to back up its holding.  It is taking the library staff time to get used to BookSystems Atriuum, but as time goes on staff will be able to to master the system.  The library’s new online catalog address is http://edwards.booksys.net/opac/epl/index.html?mde=start#menuHome.

“The Edwards Public Library is very appreciative of the Tocker Foundation for funding the library’s new automation system,” said Ruiz-Hearne

The Tocker Foundation was created in 1964 to implement the philanthropic interests of Phillip and Olive Tocker. Phillip Tocker was a practicing attorney, but changed careers in his later years when he purchased the Waco outdoor advertising plant and later expanded to own outdoor advertising plants throughout the United States. His vocational career culminated to the position of President of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. After retiring to Austin in 1973, Phillip and Olive Tocker actively pursued their avocations.

Phillip and Olive Tocker endowed the foundation with their estates in 1994 and 1993 respectively. After years of supporting a wide range of community-based causes, the foundation discovered a need in small, rural Texas libraries serving populations of 12,000 or less. In 1992 the foundation board decided to focus grant distributions in this way. The foundation partners with community libraries to meet the particular needs of the community

The Tocker Foundation has funded both automation systems in the past, they have also funded new shelving, the library’s core collection of audio books on CD and DVD’s and various additions to the library’s book collection.


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