FAQ

To inquire about membership with the Keystone Library Network, please contact the KLN Coordinator, Mary Lou Sowden (Phone: 717-720-4088).

We know that libraries outside of PASSHE may join KLN. Does it matter if the institution is private?

Geneva College is a private college and a member of the Keystone Library Network.

We expect KLN Libraries to be members of a vital organization not simply customers of a hosted software environment. In fact, because we are part of state government we can only offer library software hosting services to institutions that support the goals of the Pennsylvania Library Code and who help with the work of providing shared library services.

Membership criteria and responsibilities include:

  • Converting data and using the Ex Libris Voyager Library System within two years of contracting for service. Use AREL Software and belong to IDS or be willing to ship library materials to other member libraries.
  • Members must be fiscally sound to participate in consortia endeavors.
  • Adhere to established KLN Standards.
  • Members must have collections sufficient to serve the needs of their primary users and an increased access to their materials by other KLN member libraries.
  • Provide the names of contact persons for cooperative activities and technical matters.
  • Provide interlibrary loan services adhering to the standards and protocols of the Pennsylvania Interlibrary Loan Code.
  • Allow on-site access and borrowing privileges to students and faculty of all KLN libraries.
  • Participate in the Listserv of the KLN.
  • Provide sufficient professional and staff support to implement and maintain systems locally according to the vendor and KLN specifications.

Can KLN members outside of PASSHE participate in the collaborative procurement of electronic databases, journals, etc.?

Absolutely. We will need to add your institution to existing contracts.

For example, we have a current contract with EBSCO and have discounted pricing on Academic Search Complete. Generally. there would need to be six members purchasing a title to receive discounts on databases.

What would be a typical implementation timeline / time-frame for such an institution?

Within three months of signing the contract. We will keep the current system up for everything except circulation which can be stored until the new system is in place. We will upgrade to the current version of Voyager and re-index.