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The Golden Triangle Regional Library Consortium (GTRLC) welcomed 17 new libraries recently as the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System and the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System joined ranks with 23 other libraries in the consortium.

During a contract signing on March 7, Dr. Mark Keenum, Mississippi State University President, welcomed the new libraries and thanked the directors and board members for their confidence in the MSU Libraries and for their vision and commitment to providing the best possible service and resources to their patrons.

Golden Triangle Regional Library Consortium
The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System serves Mississippi's Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery and Winston counties, while the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System manages collections for the communities of Columbus, Artesia, Crawford, and Caledonia, Mississippi.

 "This is a very exciting time for our patrons and for what our library system can offer to the citizens of Attala County," said Richard Greene, Executive Director of the Mid-Mississippi RLS. "This library resource sharing consortium will bring the collections of 38 libraries to the finger tips of our Attala County customers."

"Being a member of the GTRLC means that we can bring a world of information to the citizens of Lowndes County," said Alice Shands, Director of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. "No longer are Lowndes County citizens limited to only the informational resources we can afford to purchase. Membership in the GTRLC provides an exponential increase in the amount of information our patrons may now access."

The GTRLC was established in 1993 as a means of increasing the sharing of resources (access to one database which would contain all of the holdings within the Golden Triangle area) and automation costs as well as the sharing of technical expertise. The mission of the Consortium is to provide a central database that customers can utilize to provide easy access to resources available in the Golden Triangle Region. Building upon the success of the venture between charter members Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, the Consortium continues to impact libraries and provide exceptional service to its members.

"We are very pleased to have the Columbus-Lowndes Library System and the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System join the GTRLC," said MSU Libraries Administrator of Systems, Stephen Cunetto. "With these additions, the Consortium, the only one of its kind in the State, now includes 40 libraries, including academics, publics, and school libraries."

Since its establishment, Starkville High School, Tombigbee Regional Library System, Oktibbeha – Starkville Public Library, and the East Mississippi Community College Libraries have joined the consortium. Training and ongoing development and support for the Consortium is handled by the Mississippi State University Libraries.

For more information on the Golden Triangle Regional Library Consortium, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/GTRLC.

About MSU Libraries:

Mississippi State University Libraries is a premier research library providing its communities of users an ongoing, creative, technologically advanced library program that provides new and emerging technologies; enhances and inspires teaching, research, and service of the highest caliber in an environment of free and open inquiry and with a commitment to excellence. For more information about MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/ .

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