2012, November 14 - 1:53pm — carleep
The Honourable Doug Griffiths, Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs, has approved the Town of Crossfield’s request to join Marigold Library System. “The Board is delighted that Crossfield has joined Marigold,” noted Lynda Lyster, Marigold Board Chair. “Marigold is committed to providing cost-effective library service based on the needs of its communities. Patrons appreciate access to online resources, and they expect traditional library services.”
Starting January 2013, Crossfield Library cardholders will have access to TRACpac, a catalogue containing over 3 million items. Cardholders will also have access to the collections of nearly 300 participating TAL libraries across Alberta. Marigold will provide access to a variety of electronic resources such as genealogy, language learning, auto repair, hobbies & crafts, and Freegal music download service where cardholders can download up to 3 songs per week.
Crossfield’s participation in Marigold means that (effective January 2013) residents of Crossfield will no longer be required to pay a non-resident fee of $70 to borrow material from other Marigold libraries such as Airdrie Public Library. Rocky View County residents can register for their library card at any Marigold member library, including Crossfield, Airdrie, Irricana, Beiseker, Chestermere and Cochrane.
“Marigold’s aim is to support and resource libraries so that, together, we can provide outstanding community-focused library service.” explained Lyster. “Participation in Marigold allows Crossfield to connect to a wider, more cost efficient world of information that expands local library service. Marigold benefits from the unique aspects of a new community and creative ideas from a new member library like Crossfield.”
Marigold headquarters employs library and IT professionals to provide expert consultation to staff in member libraries. Headquarters staff look forward to working closely with Crossfield Library staff to integrate the library’s holdings with the TRAC catalogue.
With its headquarters centrally located in Strathmore, Marigold serves over 240,000 residents of south central Alberta with 36 libraries, 15 paperbacks deposits, direct online services and a books by mail service called Library to You. 2013 marks Marigold’s 32ndyear of operation. A Crossfield Library Board Member will be appointed to the Marigold Board by the Town and will serve in a governance capacity to the Marigold Library System. Learn more at www.marigold.ab.ca
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Michelle Toombs, CEO
Marigold Library System
710 – 2nd Street, Strathmore, Alberta T1P 1K4