Valley Libraries Closed Presidents’ Day Weekend for Server Migration

What: Library server migration with service outages
When: Saturday, Feb. 15 starting at 5:00 p.m. through Monday, Feb. 17

FEBRUARY 3, 2020 — Patrons of the Valley Libraries system, which includes the public libraries in Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro, will experience service outages over Presidents’ Day weekend, due to a server migration and software upgrade. The Staunton Public Library will be closed and online services will be unavailable from 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 17. The Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro public libraries plan to reopen with a normal schedule and available online services on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

On Saturday, February 15, starting at 5:00 p.m., the library will begin the process of migrating its integrated software to a new server. All staff and public access to the library’s patron and collection databases will be down during this time. During the migration process, patrons will be unable to access the library catalog at www.valleylibraries.org to search for books, check their accounts, place holds, or renew items. Online resources such as Overdrive (Libby) and Hoopla will also experience a temporary outage during this timeframe.

Sarah Skrobis, Director of Library Services, said: “This new server will allow for enhanced reliability and functionality for both our staff and patrons. We encourage everyone to stock up for the long holiday weekend by visiting their local library or checking out digital materials before that Saturday afternoon. After all, we all know there’s nothing scarier than the prospect of getting stuck without something good to read!”

The process will clean up and update all 345,000 records in the system, migrate them to new data structures, upgrade existing software, and install new software. All of this data will then be moved to a brand new server.

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Media Contact:
Sarah Skrobis
Director of Library Services
Staunton Public Library
540.332.3902


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