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Schlow, PSU Partnership Continues Expansion

by on November 26, 2018 4:30 AM

The partnership between Schlow Centre Region Library and Penn State University Libraries continues to expand. One of the latest examples is with library cards. Now, patrons can borrow items from each library system using either a Schlow Library card or a Penn State University Libraries card.

“It’s the convenience of having a single card for borrowers who use both libraries,” said Chris Holobar, manager of lending and reserves services for Penn State University Libraries. “For us, to move to a bar-coded library card, rather than the mag-stripe cards we used in the past, allows us to explore similar partnerships with other public libraries located near some of our other campuses.”

Schlow and Penn State continue to look for partnership opportunities to build on current collaborations. Already, patrons can return materials to either library, regardless of which library they borrowed the materials from. So, if someone takes out books from Schlow, he or she can return the books to the Penn State Libraries, and vice versa.

“We continue to look for opportunities to make it easier for our community to access library resources,” said Lisa Rives Collens, head of patron services at Schlow. “Our partnership with Penn State is another way we’re committed to understanding the needs of our patrons and our strategy of ‘We are where you are’ when it comes to patrons making use of our services.”

Schlow also is the only non-campus location with a Short Edition short story dispenser, to go with the four that are located on the Penn State campus. Centre County writers can submit stories to be considered for publishing through the dispensers.

In addition to Penn State Libraries, Schlow partners with other university departments on programs such as Research Unplugged and author visits.

When it comes to the two library systems working together, Holobar said, “We have been talking about some other opportunities to partner on services that we’re probably not ready to talk about publically yet, but that should provide more convenience for users of both libraries. We really appreciate Schlow for opening the door to this. For now, just stay tuned.”

David Pencek is the communications director at Schlow Centre Region Library.


David Pencek is communications manager for Schlow Centre Region Library. He can be reached at [email protected]
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