Public library computers to be upgraded

Computers at Maui public libraries will be unavailable for reservations beginning Monday for about two weeks for system upgrades.

The Hawaii State Public Library System will perform an upgrade to its Smart Access Management Internet reservation system in Maui’s six public libraries April 8 to 12.

The computers will be unavailable for reservations through the completion of the upgrade in each library.

Walk-up sessions may be available, depending on the progress of the upgrade, the public libraries news release said.

SAM is a computer-based system that allows users to reserve and register for Internet sessions in the state’s 50 public libraries. The system helps maximize the use of public Internet computers and ensures equal access for patrons.

The upgrade is necessary to stabilize the SAM Internet reservation system and make it fully compatible with the Windows 7 operating system, the news release said.

To lessen the impact, the upgrade is being scheduled during a traditionally slow period of the year and as much as possible on days when the libraries are scheduled to be closed.

The statewide upgrade implementation will take several weeks to complete and will occur island by island, branch by branch. Progress of the implementation will be posted on the public library website

In 2012, the state library system recorded 600,855 Internet sessions in the 50 libraries statewide, the release said.