Local libraries wade back into program
Although the Ontario government has restored the inter- library loan services across the province, it isn’t business as usual for Stormont- Dundas-Glengarry libraries just yet.
Communications and Marketing Librarian Susan Wallwork says that although the system has opened again, there is still a new structure in place as to how material will be moved amongst the province’s libraries.
Under the old system, library patrons could request materials from across Ontario.
Now, Southern Ontario Library Services ( SOLS) may only be partially reimbursing libraries for costs incurred to transport materials using Canada Post.
The government discontinued that service in April. Before that, materials were transported through a dedicated fleet of drivers. The new agreement, which makes use of Canada Post, was hammered into place after negotiations with the province’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and SOLS and Ontario Library Service - North.
“This will preserve the online system libraries use to coordinate the program, ensuring that this key service continues to reach Ontario communities,” said a media release issued jointly by the two library groups.
Unfortunately for local library patrons, Ms. Wallwork says the loan service isn’t available here just yet.
“Our library is still evaluating things,” she says. “We want to understand all the implications before we jump in.”
One of the considerations is that there could be extra costs incurred to bring in material from other libraries.