5. RLQ system
Information about the Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) system provided to participating Queensland Public Libraries by SLQ Public Library Development of State Library - part of the Manual for Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) libraries.
The Library Management system used by SLQ Public Library Development is called Aurora developed by Aurora Information Technology (AIT). Aurora is a cloud based application that is hosted remotely and used to keep track of the location of books in libraries throughout rural Queensland.
Aurora Cloud Desktop is a windows application – so it’s accessible even if the internet connection is lost. It also self updates so once AIT posts a new software release and the prompt to accept the new version is accepted, your library will always be on the latest official release.
Each item that is catalogued appears in Aurora and has a barcode number on the front of the item.
This number is used for lending and returning items to and from libraries. There are several sequences of numbers used in RLQ libraries. Sheets of item barcodes required for magazines and locally acquired items are available upon request from SLQ Public Library Development.
5.2 Loan periods
SLQ Public Library Development transfers items to your library for varying lengths of time. Most items will be transferred to your library permanently enabling items to be sent wherever they are requested.
Permanent transfer: used for your core collection and for your regular exchanges.
Temporary transfer for 1 year: used for bulk loans of literacy, LOTE (languages other than English) and audio books.
Temporary transfer for 3 months: used for gadget kits and storytelling kits.
Temporary transfer for 8 weeks: used for reserve collections and book club sets.