Public libraries perform unique and critical roles in their communities. These roles evolve and change with the needs of the people they serve, and they often include economic development, adult and early childhood literacy, support for government programs and more. In response to local funding pressures and the changing needs of their users, public libraries work with OCLC to automate back-office activities, improve services for users and increase the impact of public libraries as a whole.
Deliver library resources from around the world as if it’s easy
Although Seaside Public Library serves a small local community, it maintains an impressive interlibrary loan service. The single interlibrary loan staff member relies on specific tools and processes to efficiently fulfill requests and to keep the job fun.
Involve your community in local history
The Douglas County History Research Center developed relationships with local organizations and the public to collect historical documents and information to build local history archives. Then, they made that information available to the world through a visual and interactive website that’s easy for archival staff to maintain.
Pull your archives out of the basement and share them with the world
South Perth Public Library houses an archive of historic local photographs and delicate original art that was nearly inaccessible to the public because of preservation concerns. By digitizing the collection and posting it online, the library has facilitated access and encouraged interest in its community from across the globe.
Get time back to focus on priorities
Like many public libraries, Onondaga County Public Libraries have had to do more with less. The loss of dedicated cataloging staff, however, coincided with a growing need for important local resources. Access to cooperative cataloging with high match rates helped them bridge that gap.
Bring health information to your community
Librarians at Miami Public Library know that the community relies on their resources. After identifying a need for better access to health information, the library launched an effort to establish strong health literacy programs and services for both staff and patrons.