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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Wayne and Pike County Libraries to work together

  • REGION- A new initiative is underway for the library systems in Wayne and Pike counties to work together. Soon, library users will be able to use their same library card in either county, and have full access to the catalogs and circulation systems in both.
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  • REGION-  A new initiative is underway for the library systems in Wayne and Pike counties to work together. Soon, library users will be able to use their same library card in either county, and have full access to the catalogs and circulation systems in both.
           The expected start of the project is late September 2014.
           Residents will be able to search a catalog that will have roughly 160,000 items. Currently, the Pike County catalog has about 64,000 titles and Wayne County has about 96,000 titles. The library systems do not know yet how many of those are unique to one county or the other and how many are shared. Popular titles that are owned by both counties will mean that borrowers will have more copies available to them.
         Not only can borrowers search a larger catalog, but they will be able to place holds on items regardless of county and have those titles moved to the library of their choice. The Wayne and Pike library staffs are exploring a number of ways to move materials between the counties at little or no cost using existing transportation services.
          “Beyond the benefit to residents of greater access to more items, there is a cost saving benefit to both county systems. The two counties use the same library circulation system hosted by The Library Corporation. By combining circulation systems, both counties will see substantial savings on annual licensing fees. The savings can be redirected to library services such as collections, technology, and programs to benefit the public,” commented Genevieve Reese, president of the Wayne Library Alliance.
          Kirk C. Mackey, president of the Pike County Public Library Board of Directors expressed his excitement about the upcoming partnership.  “The library boards and administration in the two counties had been discussing a number of ways they could collaborate, especially since residents in western Pike County frequently use two libraries in Wayne County. The discussion moved from drawing board to implementation when State Librarian Stacey Aldrich heard of it.  We are confident it will be of great benefit to both counties.”
           Ms. Aldrich met with representatives of the two counties back in January of this year and was very excited at the prospect. Libraries are all about sharing resources, but sometimes our infrastructure gets in the way. Ms. Aldrich saw this project as an opportunity to model inter-county cooperation in a way that could be replicated. Thanks to her support, this project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor.
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