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The Library System of Lancaster County, Pennsylvaniamarker is a federated system with 14 member libraries, 3 branches and a bookmobile, which serves 490,562 residents. LSLC was established in April 1987 to provide well-coordinated countywide services and cooperative programs to assist member libraries in meeting the diverse needs of its community residents. The LSLC support and centralized services include, but are not limited to: public Internet access, shared OPAC system, subscription to database and online homework help research services, consulting services, continuing education training on internal library operations including budgeting and accounting, governance, business information services, youth services, public relations, assistance with countywide programs and services; technology support including WANs and LANs with servers for managing telecommunications, Web hosting, email, calendars, the catalog, circulation, Headquarters and Library PCs and peripherals, with training and security as additional components. The Library System also provides services for ordering, cataloging and processing library materials with collection development, collective purchasing, managing catalog database, and negotiating vendor discounts and outreach services to special populations through the bookmobile and collection development.

Mission

The Mission of the Library System of Lancaster County is to bring together all 14 member public libraries to plan and create a cost effective network of technology, facilities and resources to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of all the residents of Lancaster County. The Library System ensures that a network of support services is provided to member libraries.

Recent activity

In the last ten years, the libraries of Lancaster County have seen a 200% plus increase in the number of county residents using libraries. Today, 251,348 county residents have library cards. In the same ten-year period, circulation has increased by 90% to more 3,495,399 items being checked out. The online catalog which the Library System maintains has over 913,006 library holdings that is shared throughout the county.

Additionally an explosive number of virtual visitors access the online catalog, databases and Web sites 24/7/365 through the Library System Web site. The statistics show that over 340,335 sessions, logins or visits to LSLC databases are made annually; the majority of those searches were accessed remotely from home, business, school or work.

The LSLC delivers direct services via a bookmobile that provides countywide service in the form of over 800 Bookmobile stops per year at primarily low- and moderate-income areas of the county, with special focus on children and older adults. The Bookmobile outreach efforts include providing services to traditionally underserved groups in Lancaster County, such as the Amish and new outreach to the Youth Intervention Center.

As an agent of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and The County of Lancaster, the Library System of Lancaster County promotes the improvement of library services of member libraries by providing countywide planning; policy development; centralized and support services and access to core resources. The details of The System's spending and services can be more fully appreciated upon a review of the 2009 County Funding Request found at [751642].

Member libraries



Each member library has a Web site that can be accessed through the System's Web site.

Bookmobile

The Bookmobile makes regular stops at 80 locations in Lancaster County. Stops include senior citizen centers, assisted living centers, preschools, after-school programs, rural areas and urban neighborhoods. The Bookmobile offers thousands of books, large print books, DVDs, and audio books. The Bookmobile has a wheel-chair lift, making it accessible to nearly everyone. The Bookmobile brings library services to persons who have trouble getting them otherwise, with the highest priority going to serve low and moderate-income neighborhoods or organizations; low and moderate-income persons and families; senior citizens; children; and rural areas.

State, regional and national sources for library statistics and information

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Bureau of Library Development, operating within the Pennsylvania Department of Education, coordinates services and information for Pennsylvania libraries. The Bureau also works to strengthen and improve library service across the state. Pennsylvania libraries can get help from library development advisors, who travel widely to work with public, school, academic, special libraries, government officials, libraries and state institution libraries.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), operating under the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, maintains a nation-wide library statistics program that began in 1989. Effective October 1, 2007, the Public Libraries survey was moved to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The IMLS, whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas, now maintains the library statistics program for public and state libraries.

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) is the state's oldest and most diverse professional library organization serving libraries, library employees, library trustees, and Friends of the Library groups. The association represents the profession in the state capital and provides opportunities for professional growth, leadership development and continuing education for librarians.

PALINET is one of the largest U.S. member-owned and governed regional library networks representing 600+ libraries, information centers, museums, archives and other similar organizations throughout Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and beyond. On April 1, 2009, Palinet will merge with the Southeastern Library Network (Solinet) to form a new organization to be named Lyrasis.

The American Library Association was founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world, was created to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

References



External links

  • http://www.lancasterlibraries.org/lslc/site/default.asp
  • http://bookmobilelancaster.blogspot.com/
  • http://www.statelibrary.state.pa.us/libraries/site/default.asp?g=0
  • http://nces.ed.gov/
  • http://www.imls.gov/
  • http://www.palibraries.org/
  • http://www.palinet.org/
  • http://www.solinet.net/
  • http://www.lyrasis.org/
  • http://www.ala.org/
  • http://www.lancasterlibraries.org/lslc/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=466910



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