The Loyola/Notre Dame Library (LNDL) will become an affiliate member of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium on July 1, 2016.
The USMAI Library Consortium includes 16 member libraries at the public universities and colleges in the State of Maryland. LNDL was chosen for membership largely because of the uniqueness of its collections, and it is the first private academic library in Maryland to join USMAI.
“This opens a path for greater collaboration among public and private academic libraries in Maryland. We will have access to more than nine million books and journals located throughout Maryland, increasing the number of resources we currently provide to students and faculty for teaching and research purposes,” said Barbara Preece, director of LNDL.
The memorandum inducting LNDL as an affiliate member of USMAI was signed on June 9. Amy Wolfson, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs, signed on behalf of Loyola University Maryland.
USMAI system integration will be phased in through December 2016, including the transition to a new online library catalog. During this time, all authorized LNDL users will have reciprocal borrowing privileges among all USMAI libraries via interlibrary loan. Plans are being finalized to grant LNDL users walk-in privileges at all USMAI libraries.
In addition, the membership brings with it substantial administrative and professional development benefits for LNDL. As part of a larger pool of libraries LNDL will benefit from improved pricing models, a more robust infrastructure, and enhanced library systems support.
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On a Related Note…
RFP: Library e-Resources Licensing and Subscription Management Services for the Maryland Educational Enterprise Consortium (MEEC)
This RFP was posted earlier this week. MEEC includes USMAI. Above link opens a Word document.