by Mary Beth Parkinson, Information Literacy Librarian
Brendlinger Library and Wissahickon Valley Public Library Collaboration
Montgomery County Community College’s Brendlinger Library has embarked on a nice collaboration with our local public library, Wissahickon Valley Public Library (WVPL). WVPL will periodically donate weeded books (published within the last few years) in support of the students enrolled in Reading courses, who are required to read a minimum number of pages per semester, as well as to encourage pleasure reading among the general student body. The additional books from WVPL will enhance our popular collection by expanding the number of books available to students as they build their reading confidence and appreciation. Reading classes visiting the Library will now have a greater number of appealing books from which to choose.
The books will be acknowledged with a small sign, “Thank you WVPL”. When the books are circulated, each library will receive credit, and circulation reports will be run and sent regularly to WVPL for their records. When the books are withdrawn, they will be returned to WVPL to be sold in their Friends of the Library book sale.
The WVPL maintains a strong collection that is rich in fiction and popular non-fiction. The library is happy to find an additional use for their books as they weed the collection and appreciates benefitting from the additional circulation of these books and their return for sale in their annual book sale. It’s a win-win for both WVPL and The Brendlinger Library!
The Brendlinger Library and WVPL have additional collaborations in mind in terms of exhibits and special programming, and will pursue these in the coming months.