Peace Library System: access to three million items

Mac Olsen
For Lakeside Leader

The Peace Library System offers many resources to users and is always looking to improve its services to meet the needs of its 45-member libraries.

Linda Duplessis, the PLS director, made this statement as part of her presentation to the Falher council in the evening of June 11.

“We can always do more if we work together,” said Duplessis.

She noted that the Peace Library System is one of seven systems serving in Alberta and the Alberta Government’s Municipal Affairs and municipal contributions fund the library system boards.

The PLS was established in 1986 and serves 39-member municipalities within the region, as well as First Nations and Metis Settlements. PLS also contracts with some schools to provide services.

Information technology services are a vital part of PLS operations, she adds, and digital services such as eBooks, eMagazines and online course offerings (e.g. Lynda.com) are increasingly important.

Duplessis also highlighted information pamphlets available for library users. One details TRACPAC, a partnership of four library systems offering an online catalogue of over three million books, DVDs and other materials from over 175 libraries in Alberta.

There’s also TAL Online, The Alberta Library online catalogue, which provides access to over 30 million items in 300 public, college and university libraries across the province. It can be found at www.talonline.ab.ca.

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