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Loyola/Notre Dame Library becomes member of University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Library Consortium

| By Stephanie Weaver
Loyola Notre Dame Library Loyola University Maryland

The Loyola/Notre Dame Library (LNDL) will become an affiliate member of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium on July 1, 2016.

The USMAI Library Consortium includes 16 member libraries at the public universities and colleges in the State of Maryland. LNDL was chosen for membership largely because of the uniqueness of its collections, and it is the first private academic library in Maryland to join USMAI.

“This opens a path for greater collaboration among public and private academic libraries in Maryland. We will have access to more than nine million books and journals located throughout Maryland, increasing the number of resources we currently provide to students and faculty for teaching and research purposes,” said Barbara Preece, director of LNDL. 

The memorandum inducting LNDL as an affiliate member of USMAI was signed on June 9. Amy Wolfson, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs, signed on behalf of Loyola University Maryland.  

“I am tremendously grateful to Barbara Preece for her leadership and vision, and to her team at LNDL for their tireless commitment to serving two university communities,” said Wolfson. “Our new connection to an even larger academic community is very exciting. Being an integral part of the USMAI Library Consortium will provide opportunities to explore new services to support learning, teaching, digital scholarship, and diverse areas of research.”

USMAI system integration will be phased in through December 2016, including the transition to a new online library catalog. During this time, all authorized LNDL users will have reciprocal borrowing privileges among all USMAI libraries via interlibrary loan. Plans are being finalized to grant LNDL users walk-in privileges at all USMAI libraries.

In addition, the membership brings with it substantial administrative and professional development benefits for LNDL. As part of a larger pool of libraries LNDL will benefit from improved pricing models, a more robust infrastructure, and enhanced library systems support. LNDL librarians and staff will have the opportunity to participate in consortium-wide subgroups focused on content acquisition, digitization projects, resource sharing, and selection of future library systems. 

“The library consortium’s sharing of technical systems, expertise, and information resources achieves substantial annual cost efficiencies and typically allows each member library to devote more resources to meeting each institution’s unique needs,” said Robert L. Caret, Ph.D., chancellor of the University System of Maryland. “As the newest member of the library consortium, the Loyola/Notre Dame Library will help strengthen the sustainability of existing USMAI collaborations and increase the consortium’s capability for more cooperative activities.”

LNDL serves 7,000 students and faculty from Loyola and Notre Dame of Maryland University and is located between the two campuses in Baltimore. The library contains over 400,000 items, provides access to extensive electronic content, and houses extensive archives and special collections that include items from both campuses. The library opened its doors in 1973 and was renovated in 2008.  

Students and employees at Loyola and NDMU will receive email updates from LNDL during the upcoming six-month transition period. All questions about the USMAI transition and related changes should be directed to LNDL staff at 410-617-6802.

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