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General Urban Waterloo Updates and Rumours
Yes, but that's not integration of catalogues. I can have both a KPL and WPL library card, but I can't order books directly through the other catalogue to my local branch, which both use the same back end software. Integrate the catalogue and treat each branch as being part of the same city.
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All public libraries (at least, among the public library systems I’ve used) offer to try to arrange for an inter-library loan for members. What he means is that you should be able to place a hold on material across the catalogues of the various libraries in the region.

That should be possible (they use the same Encore catalogue software) to do, but maybe tricky. The main benefit would be time- the intra-library loan service you linked to requires a form be reviewed, and you’ll see that the timing is from one to six weeks.
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(02-20-2018, 02:55 PM)MidTowner Wrote: All public libraries (at least, among the public library systems I’ve used) offer to try to arrange for an inter-library loan for members. What he means is that you should be able to place a hold on material across the catalogues of the various libraries in the region.

That should be possible (they use the same Encore catalogue software) to do, but maybe tricky. The main benefit would be time- the intra-library loan service you linked to requires a form be reviewed, and you’ll see that the timing is from one to six weeks.

Indeed, WPL and KPL run on the same server (if you look at the URL when you go to the WPL's catalogue you'll see that it lives on a KPL server). I'd be quite surprised if it would be difficult to merge their catalogues. But there are also ownership considerations I guess.
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UW, WLU and UG have a shared catalogue and it's great. Inter-library loans are slower and typically have renewal restrictions, but shared catalogue is just as good as a single system.
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Also don't forget Cambridge's Idea Exchange... their take on libraries is pretty awesome. I've attended a few events at the Galt one, and it's great. Pop-up FREE food nights timed with gallery exhibit openings (and even a cash bar! it makes for a great night out actually), more focus on art/gallery use and programming, and of course the usual library uses. It's great. Even the name 'Idea Exchange' really represents the evolution of libraries.
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