The project, which will take two to three years to implement, will allow the sharing of resources across the CTC library system.
“This will be a leaps and bounds improvement to students and faculty at Centralia and across the state in terms of access to quality resources and information services,” says Sue Kennedy, dean of library and eLearning.
Currently, students and faculty members have access only to what is available in their own library. The consortium will open up resources of more than 30 community and technical colleges statewide, allowing students and faculty members to borrow resource materials through an inter-library loan and to access databases through shared licenses.
“Resources will expand exponentially,” Kennedy affirms.
Kennedy, who is on the governance committee for the project, has been helping to build the entire framework. She said they are looking at models of consortiums already implemented in Oregon and Ohio community and technical colleges.
The project will require colleges to migrate to a new library system. Julie Nurse, technology librarian, is leading Centralia College’s system migration, which is scheduled for this spring.
According to Kennedy, the project will allow colleges to leverage resources across the system so that librarians can focus on service and instruction.
“It’s truly a monumental time for CTC libraries!” she said.