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One of the greatest strengths of public libraries across the nation is the sharing of ideas, information, and resources to augment and enrich the services provided to library patrons. While a public library may stand alone in its community, deep relationships with sister institutions through consortia, networking groups, and professional organizations are frequently forged to expand a library’s knowledge base and service possibilities.
One of these valuable partnerships is the Glenview Public Library’s membership in Cooperative Computer Services (CCS), a consortium of 24 north suburban libraries. Glenview joined the CCS consortium in 2006. I have had the privilege of serving on the CCS Executive Board from 2012-2013 and am currently a member of the Governing Board, which has provided a platform to advocate for the Glenview Library within the consortium.
Resource sharing has been one of the basic tenets of public library service for the last fifty years. Consortium membership, however, is a much newer concept, which has brought resource sharing to new heights. The benefits of this collaboration are reaped by the library users who live within the members’ service boundaries. Each of the 24 CCS libraries shares an online catalog managed by CCS. Advantages of CCS membership include:
Access to 5.5 million items in diverse collections
Option to search the catalog of any single CCS library or the entire group of libraries
Ability to place reserves on a larger selection of materials than those belonging only to the Glenview Library
Quick turnaround and daily van delivery of materials through interlibrary loan
Access to technical support 24/7/365
Savings for member libraries through pooled resources (personnel and materials)
The most recent CCS enhancement for member libraries is the launch of a new online catalog. In September 2014, the Enterprise Catalog system will be unveiled at the Glenview Library. The Enterprise Catalog is a user-friendly environment where patrons can efficiently search for library materials. The new catalog offers library users streamlined features, including the ability to:
Sign in, update contact information, renew materials, pay fines and fees, and fully manage personal accounts
Search other libraries’ holdings directly from the catalog
Download eBooks and eAudiobooks
Text or email messages about catalog items
View the catalog in English or Spanish
While Enterprise offers many new and improved user-friendly features, there are a few changes to note that will occur as part of the catalog transition:
Content stored through August 15 in the MyShelves and MyLists features of the current catalog will automatically migrate as lists to the new catalog.
To save newly created lists/shelves or save changes made to lists/shelves between August 15–September 14, it is recommended that list/shelf content be printed or emailed prior to September 14. The current catalog will no longer be accessible after September 14.
All lists in the new catalog will be private. Shared/public lists in the current catalog will migrate to the new catalog as private lists.
Interactive features such as tagging, reviews, stars, or genre information will not be available in the new catalog. Excellent third party resources to use for tagging and reviews include GoodReads, LibraryThing, Shelfari, WeRead, Libib, and The Reading Room.
Please stop by any of the Library Service Desks if you have questions about the new catalog. “Hands-on” training classes and lobby demonstrations will also be offered in September and October (see page 5 for details). When the new catalog launches in early September, I urge you to take an online tour of its many exciting features.