White Plains NY library back online after 11 days

Interesting Story out of NY where The computer system that manages the White Plains Public Library, the fourth busiest in Westchester is back online after an 11-day blackout that threatened to wipe out four months worth of data about collections, memberships, checkouts and returns.

The library is offering amnesty to anyone whose materials became due during the outage, which was the second major service disruption at one of Westchester County’s big four libraries in a year. Borrowers who return overdue material by May 14 won’t be charged.

A faulty disk crashed the 11-year-old computer system that links all of the library’s systems on April 19, shutting down the electronic catalogue and cutting off the library from the Westchester Library System, which links the county’s 38 public libraries.