A recent article in the Colletonian newspaper featured an interview with Carl Coffin, the Library Director of Colleton Memorial Library, who explained the benefits of participating in SCLENDS:
“SCLENDS benefits patrons by giving them access to more materials than have ever been offered in the past. Together, participating libraries serve the population of one-third of the state’s counties, and have a collection of 3.5 million items.”
SCLENDS or South Carolina Library Evergreen Network, is the library catalog in 60 libraries and bookmobiles across the state and it is changing! Look up books, movies, audio books and Playaways online using any browser, from any device, anywhere, at any time. New account features include improved and faster search results and permanent check out history. Refresh your screens at the end of April for the new look and check it out!
SCLENDS data has been used in a new article that has been published in a long respected reference on annual trends in libraries, the Library Book & Trade Almanac. The article was written by Bob Molyneux and Rogan Hamby.
The analysis shows that a lot of commonly held beliefs about how small and large libraries are incorrect and really more equitable, and to the benefit of South Carolinians within SCLENDS.
SC LENDS has a new website which will be a central location for relevant and pertinent information regarding the material-sharing library consortium which consists of 15 county library systems and the State Library of South Carolina with 52 member libraries. Member counties include Allendale, Hampton, Jasper, Anderson, Beaufort, Calhoun, Chesterfield, Colleton, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Kershaw, Union, Williamsburg and York.
SC LENDS has circulated over 7 million items, shared 200,000 items between counties and has a collection of over 2.5 million items by April of 2011.