Lo­cal libraries wade back into pro­gram

The Glengarry News - - Student Voice - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

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.

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