College of Marin Joins MARINet
COM Library newest addition to Marin County online catalog program
KENTFIELD, CA—August 27, 2014—The fall 2014 semester marks the official launch of College of Marin’s participation in the Marin Automated Resources and Information Network (MARINet). The program is a consortium of seven Marin County public libraries, Dominican University’s Archbishop Alemany Library, and now the COM Library.
MARINet allows patrons with a library card from any of the participating libraries to borrow items from the joint online network. The entire catalog is accessible via the MARINet website where borrowers can request items to be delivered to their home library. One of the founding libraries, the Marin County Free Library (MCFL), provides pick up and delivery for all books twice a day. MCFL Novato and South Novato Branch Manager Janet Doerge welcomes the new addition. "MCFL is excited to have COM on board. The more libraries the merrier, as it opens up the available access to all library users in Marin County and beyond," said Doerge.
Pearl Ly, the newly appointed director of library services at COM, is thrilled with the College’s inclusion in the consortium. “Most importantly, we are increasing library access for COM students and staff by being a part of the program,” Ly said. After a soft launch of the program over the summer, Ly says that MCFL does a great job of organizing the daily orders. “It’s been seamless so far, but we anticipate a big increase in daily requests with the start of the fall semester.”
MARINet not only provides access to all participating library catalogs, but patrons can request free Bay Area museum passes through the Discover & Go program. More information can be found on the MARINet website.
MARINet is just one of the positive changes the COM Library is implementing to create more resources for students and staff. Ly stresses the importance of the ongoing Textbook Program funded by Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM), the College’s student body organization, in which textbooks for classes are bought and available for short check out in the library. Textbook costs are high and while not all sections can be covered, it provides access for students who can’t afford the needed reading materials.
Ly also is very proud of the upcoming multi-purpose space in the library that will be the new home for six William Keith paintings donated to the College in 1945. This room will serve as a place for small events and as a relaxing space for students to study. Ly hopes to host calming events such as teatimes to bring more students and staff to the library. Ly emphasizes that they are trying to make the library a comfortable place for students and staff to spend time, not just use the Internet or check out a book. “President [David Wain] Coon and I agree that we want to get back to the days when the library was the heart of the College.”