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  • 1. What Public Libraries Can Do For Special Libraries

2. Presenting an Overview of ServicesByCathy Balshone-Becze Reference Department Newton Free Library 330 Homer Street Newton Massachusetts 02459 Presented at Congregation Beth Israel 701 Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT 06119 June 19, 2009 3. How the Public Library Can Help the Special Library

    • Ask a question!
      • Call or e-mail the Reference Department.
        • Find out what resources are available.
          • In the library
          • Remotely accessible
          • In other collections
        • Fill out forms for document delivery.
        • Place requests for library materials.
      • Use MassAnswers anytime of the day or night from a public library or regional website .

4. Public Librarians

    • Reference, Childrens, Audio-Visual, and Interlibrary Loan Departments
      • Help track down an answer or referral
      • Guide you to sources, find materials
      • Offer readers advisory service
      • Collect print and non-print materials for all ages
      • Submit ILL requests; procure materials
      • Consider purchase requests
      • Help with electronic searches.
      • Teach basic computer skills and classes on topics, such as Genealogy; prepare handouts.

5. Readers Advisory

    • Literary criticism
    • Author biographies
    • Try Mendele Moykher Sforim / Sholem Yankev Abramovitsh / Shalom Jacob Abramovitz / Shalom Jacob Abramowitz
        • Encyclopedia Judaica
        • Biography Resource Center
    • Book reviews
    • Reading lists and guides for Jewish book clubs
      • AJL Book Club Reading Lists
      • Jewish Book Council
    • Books in a variety of formats and languages
    • Books for adults, children, English learners
    • Borrow a book outside of the library, network
    • Books For You!: Online personalized booklists based on a questionnaire.
    • Bookletters: Online monthly topical book newsletter

6. Foreign Languages

    • Dictionaries
    • Books
      • Original language
      • Translated into another language
    • Recorded Books: variety of formats
    • Collections of Foreign Films
    • Language Instruction
    • ESL Program

7. How to Find a Library How to Share Resources

    • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is organized into regions and networks.
    • Find a library by region, network, city or town, zip code.
    • Libraries joining the public systems include public, academic, school and special libraries.
    • Regional membership totals are 1765 libraries
      • Public 370
      • Academic 124
      • School 1023
      • Special 248

8. Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) 9. Regional Membership 10. Eligibility Requirements605 CMR 7.02 11. MassachusettsRegional Library Systems (MARLS)

    • 6 Regions
    • Boston (BRLS)
    • Metrowest (MMRLS)
    • Northeast (NMRLS)
    • Southeastern (SEMLS)
    • Central (CMRLS)
    • Western (WMRLS)

12. About Massachusetts Library Regional/Network Memberships

    • Shared Online Catalog
    • Document Delivery
    • Interlibrary Loan
    • Materials Transfer
    • Database Access
    • Cooperative Purchasing Programs
    • Workshops; Training
    • Technical Assistance

13. Resource Sharing with MassCat and the Virtual Catalog

    • Consider adding your records to MassCat
    • Fees based upon holdings
    • Shared cataloging system:
      • Match your holdings to records in the catalog
      • Add new records from OCLC
      • Use a web-based system and avoid purchasing software
    • Virtual Catalog transfers through the regions

14. MassCat 15. Online Library Catalogs for School and Special Libraries

    • MassCat for all regions except Boston
      • Member school and special libraries
      • Optional to participate
      • State policies about loaning materials
      • Fee to join MassCat based on holdings; set-up fees; migration costs
      • Will generate reports

16. The Virtual Catalog 17. Online Library Catalogfor the Networks

    • Virtual Catalog
    • Holdings of the 9 networks
    • Select and search one network
    • Place reserves
    • Pick items up at a member library

18. More Benefits

    • Collaborative database purchasing
    • Coop membership for discounts on library supplies and materials.
    • Numerous workshops and training sessions at your regional office or at your library.
    • Free equipment & training: barcodes, scanner, computer with link to the Internet.

19. The Networks

    • 9 networks
    • 1,700 libraries
    • Searchable catalogs of more than 400 libraries
    • Millions of full-text articles
    • Hundreds of archives and manuscript collections
    • Digitized collections

20. Search for libraries in your network 21. Massachusetts Library Networks Boston & West

    • Metro Boston Library Network (MBLN)
    • Fenway Libraries Online (FLO)
    • Minuteman Library Network (MLN)
    • Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resources Sharing, Inc. (C/W MARS)

22. Massachusetts Library Networks North & South

    • North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE)
    • Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC)
    • Old Colony Library Network (OCLN)
    • Sails Library Network (SAILS)
    • Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS)

23. Find an Article

    • Search periodicals databases for citations.