Montana Shared Catalog
IntroductionThe Montana Shared Catalog is a cooperative project involving 167 libraries located in 92 Montana communities. Public, school, academic, medical, and special libraries have pooled their resources together to purchase a robust library automation system. Members also enjoy the benefits of shared expertise and the ability to provide great service to library customers. Currently the Montana Shared Catalog uses the SirsiDynix Corporation’s Symphony© product. Take a test drive of the Montana Shared Catalog!
How do I join?New libraries are normally added once a year. There are some things that you need to be aware of when joining the shared catalog, so it helps to chat with Ken Adams at the Montana State Library about the process. Ken can give you a price estimate and make you aware of the benefits and obligations that come with being a Montana Shared Catalog member. The instructions and application for joining in 2014 will be posted in early January, 2014.
School LibrariesThe State Library must put a temporary hold on adding school libraries until additional MSC support staff can be hired to meet the demand. The State Library is working with OPI and the MSC Executive Committee to investigate opportunities and options for hiring additional staff needed to meet the projected increase in MSC libraries, given the large interest on the part of schools. Interested school librarians should be encouraged to contact their administration as OPI is interested in working directly with school administrators to try to address this concern.
Can I get start-up financing?The State Library Commission has authorized the Montana State Library to set aside federal funds (LSTA) to help libraries cover the vendor startup costs associated with joining the Montana Shared Catalog. Individual libraries are expected to fund the annual MSC membership costs. If federal funding of LSTA grant amounts are less than anticipated, the number and type of libraries awarded grant funds to pay vendor startup costs could be limited.
Business Plan (2003)
Business Plan Update (2005)
MSC Strategic Plan 2013-2017 Coming soon.