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.
Satisfy a wider range of needs through worldwide resource sharing
Stow - Munroe Falls Public Library is known in the region as the go-to library for interlibrary loan requests. It's a testament to the staff's can-do attitude. They rely on easy access to other libraries' materials through a global resource sharing network as an essential part of how they serve their community.
Empower staff to learn on their own
The Morrison Regional Branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library provided staff with time to devote to self-directed learning. That helped them become more familiar with the library's tools and technology and directly improved service to their patrons.
Increase accessibility to digitized special collections
The Seattle Public Library wanted to increase online access to its historical digital collections. Because of limited IT support and staff time, they chose a hosted service that they could easily customize right out of the box.
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.
Get time back to focus on priorities
Like many public libraries, the Onondaga County Public Library system has 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.
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.
Point patrons in the right direction
Today's public libraries provide access to a wider and more complex set of materials than ever before. Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library's goal is to help anyone find resources on any topic. The tool they use for shelf classification provides a great way for patrons to browse and uncover resources that they might otherwise have missed.