Connecticut: "Statewide Inter-Library Delivery Program at Risk"
The threatened elimination of a statewide inter-library delivery service has librarians such as Kate Byroade, director of Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester, concerned.
The service, called Connecticar, provides a statewide delivery service to 225 public and academic libraries. If a resident borrows an item from any public or academic library, it may be dropped off at any library, and Connecticar will return it to the owning library.
A private contractor provides delivery to 125 libraries. The books are delivered to libraries daily and catalogued by a librarian.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget eliminates funding for the $287,234, 36-year-old program, as well as funding for Connecticard, a cooperative borrowing program among the state’s public libraries.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.