The Southwest Public Libraries's new mobile device appplcation, "SPL Mobile," is available for download.

The Southwest Public Libraries's new mobile device appplcation, "SPL Mobile," is available for download.

Patrons can now access their accounts from their mobile devices and connect to the library's catalog, said Communications Manager Amy Shaw.

In addition, the app will provide information on library hours and locations and links to the library's Twitter and Facebook pages; OverDrive, the library's eBook and audio book service; and BookLook, a service that allows patrons to scan the ISBN barcode of any book and be taken to its catalog record if the library has a copy.

"A lot of people are using mobile devices as a one-stop thing," Shaw said. "It's their computer. It's their phone. It simplifies things. ... It takes the library on the road."

The app can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play and Amazon. For other devices, visit

In other library news:

* Two long-time staff members who currently work at the Westland Library were recognized at the board of trustees meeting on March 12: John Kazalia for 25 years of service and Emily Bright for 10.

Kazalia has been with the library since February 1987, when he started as an information assistant at Prairie Library. He is currently the adult services librarian at Westland.

Bright began at the Westland Library in the reference department as a part-time information assistant in October 2002 before being promoted full-time in 2005. She was promoted again in 2011 to technology assistant in reference services.

A similar recognition of employees of the Grove City library is planned for the board's next meeting on April 9.

* The board of trustees voted unanimously to approve an upgrade to the library's financial and payroll accounting system. The library's current system has not been upgraded in more than 10 years, Library Director Mark Shaw said, and the upgrade will include cloud access. The cost will be $45,000 from the library's capital project fund.

* An additional $20,000 was allocated by the board to add full-time security at the Wesland branch. Director Shaw said it was the result of a recent incident involving unruly patrons.

* The board also approved to the library's web site and social networking policy, reserving the right for staff to block and remove inappropriate comments from the library's Facebook page.