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Library Happenings: Good news, bad news on loan funds

by Angie Georgeff

As so often happens, good news has come paired with bad news. First, the good news: The State of Tennessee has distributed Interlibrary Loan Funds to its public libraries, and we have received more than 3.5 percent of the total. That is pretty good for a small library in a small county. (Well, actually, it is very good.) During the reporting period, we loaned nearly 3,500 books to other libraries.

Most went by courier to libraries in our region, but others were mailed to libraries all across Tennessee. A couple of our popular Christian fiction novels even went to a prison library. We said that they were doing mission work. Thanks to the hard work of our staff and our willingness to share resources, we have $3,484 to spend on books and videos. We currently are placing the orders, and soon will begin processing books and movies.

The “ILL money” we have received has been critically important to our collection development, allowing us to buy materials we could not have purchased out of our current operating budget.

for the remainder of this article please pick up the April 24, 2012 edition of The Erwin Record.