By BRIAN SMITH
WEATHERFORD – Weatherford City Council members on Tuesday OK’d entering into an interlocal agreement with Boyce Ditto Public Library to provide integrated library system hosting.
Under the agreement, which should take effect in early 2014, Mineral Wells library patrons will be able to use any library in the Parker County Library System, including Millsap, Weatherford, Azle and Springtown, and also have their library used by Parker County Library System patrons.
The WPL operates an integrated system that allows for handling of materials, circulation and cataloging, as well as library functions such as automated notification to patrons and tracking orders. Weatherford’s current system has room to accommodate Mineral Wells items as well, according to WPL Director of Library Services Dale Fleeger.
Once Mineral Wells is brought into the system, it will allow PCLS patrons to have access to more than a quarter million items throughout the network.
Resources can then be shared via a courier network that rotates among the libraries once a week, Fleeger said.
Mineral Wells expressed an interest in joining Weatherford and the PCLS about two years ago, according to a staff report, because the system offered additional benefits. BDPL officials will be responsible for costs to migrate into the system, which includes all data implementation, along with the software and hardware needed for the project and any hosting fees.
Council members also approved having city manager Jerry Blaisdell enter into an agreement to add the BDPL to Weatherford’s current contract with GIS Information Systems, which has been in effect since 2007.
BDPL officials have said they will be leaving their current consortium at the end of 2013.
The next step is for Mineral Wells City Council to approve the agreement passed by Weatherford.