Marmot Library Network Connects Grand County Libraries and Beyond
November 29, 2009
As the hibernation season begins for our furry mascot the marmot (also known as Marmota flaviventris or whistle-pig or rock chuck) the library consortium known as Marmot is far from sleepy.Grand County libraries have been members of the Marmot Library Network consortium for over eight years. Marmot provides an integrated library system for a consortium of 90 public, academic and school libraries on the Western Slope of Colorado. Marmot supports the consortiums 1,000 library staff and public access computers as well as network equipment as the Internet service provider. Today, the Marmot Library Network is pleased to announce the appointment of Jimmy Thomas as Executive Director. Mr. Thomas said: “It seems like I’ve done every job there is on the vendor side of software & systems for libraries. After working at OCLC, Unisys, CARL Corporation, The Library Corporation (TLC), and Medialab Solutions, I look forward to playing a valuable role on the library side. Marmot libraries have developed a good Strategic Plan, and I welcome my part in implementing it.”Executive Board President Mary Anne Wilcox said: “The Marmot Library Network consortium supports a mixture of busy Western Slope libraries with diverse technology needs. Executive Director Jimmy Thomas provides the consortium with an extensive background in library information technology, as well as the vision and enthusiasm to lead our libraries in these challenging, yet information-rich times”.Here is one example of the benefits available to all Grand County Library users thanks to the sharing of resources in the Marmot consortium. Through the Marmot Library Network, Grand County’s library customers are provided instant access to resources throughout the other Western Slope member libraries. This means that through the http://www.gcld.org website or one of the five local branch libraries, Grand County library card holders may place reserves on books and other materials located in libraries in Telluride, Grand Junction or Steamboat, for example. Then, thanks to Marmot, the materials are delivered to the customer-selected local Grand County library. All for free, to our Grand County Library customers. Does it get any better than that?