PLEASE NOTE: The last day to reserve materials through SearchOhio will be Friday, September 18th, at 5:00 p.m.
In mid-November, Rodman Public Library will be joining the SEO (Serving Every Ohioan) Library Consortium. Making this move will provide our library users with access to items from 95 library systems at 241 physical locations throughout 49 counties across Ohio. This also means that the system that we use to check out your library materials, and that you use to search for items in our catalog, will also change.
The decision to join SEO was made in order to provide the best possible value to our patrons. This move will result in a cost savings of nearly $50,000 per year over our current catalog and resource-sharing solution. As a Rodman Public Library cardholder, you will continue to receive the same high level of service and access to materials that you have come to expect.
While SearchOhio has served our library users well, there are a few advantages that SEO has over SearchOhio. SEO operates as a single catalog shared by all SEO member libraries, so library users will be able to place holds within the shared catalog rather than switching to a separate catalog, as with SearchOhio. In addition, holds can be placed any circulating item in the SEO catalog. Users will be placed in a queue, and when the item becomes available, it will be sent to the user’s home library. With SearchOhio, users can only place holds on items that are currently not checked out to another user.
If you have become accustomed to using both Louisville Public Library and Rodman Public Library, you will be able to continue to do so, as Louisville Public Library is also migrating to the SEO Library Consortium.
Please watch for more details as they become available.