Improved Access: A New Public Library-Academic Library Partnership in Arkansas
From a Joint Announcement:
Through ArkReach, a new joint online program, UALR staff and students can use their university-issued library cards to borrow and return select materials from CALS without ever visiting one of the system’s branches. Similarly, CALS patrons can reserve and receive UALR materials without setting foot on campus.
The program increases the accessibility of materials like fiction, videos, and CDs for UALR’s faculty and students, while giving CALS patrons an opportunity to reserve some scholarly materials unique to UALR. It’s available through the online catalog of both institutions.
While the program currently is a partnership between the two institutions, those involved hope to extend its scope — and its benefits — throughout the state of Arkansas by welcoming other library systems in the future.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) 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. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.