Massachusetts Public Library Trustees Handbook
The emphasis on cooperative activities that began with the establishment of the regional systems culminated in 1983 in the adoption of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner's planning document for statewide library networking, Automated Resource Sharing in Massachusetts. Since that time, eight nonprofit computer-based networks have been established that serve public (and other types of) libraries (see Appendix G for a map of the networks).
Shared access to collections through expanded interlibrary loan and borrowing privileges
Coordinated collection development to avoid unnecessary duplication of materials
Shared access to bibliographic data
Continuing education and development of technical expertise of staff members.
|CLAMS||Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing|
|C/W MARS||Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing|
|MVLC||Merrimack Valley Library Consortium|
|MBLN||Metro Boston Library Network|
|MLN||Minuteman Library Network|
|NOBLE||North of Boston Library Exchange|
|OCLN||Old Colony Library Network|
|SAILS||Southeastern Automated Integrated Libraries|
For more information regarding your local network, contact your library director.