January 16, 2022

Public Libraries: “New Jersey Hired a New Company to Handle Library Books. It Didn’t Go So Well”

From NJ.com:

More than 80,000 books and other library materials should be in the hands of avid readers, library members and students. Instead, those materials are sitting in boxes and warehouses waiting to be transported.

Expak, a delivery service newly contracted by LibraryLink NJ, was supposed to begin picking up these items on Jan. 2, but deliveries didn’t start until Jan. 8, causing a backlog of items on hold. Until its sorted out, inter-library loans in some counties are temporarily suspended.

LLNJ, a non-profit funded by the state library, began a new contract with Expak on Jan. 1 to transport library materials between branches, since its previous three-year contract with TForce/Dynamex was ending, LLNJ Executive Director Kathy Schalk-Greene said.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.