Marigold welcomes Town of Banff

News Date: 
23 December 2014

Marigold Library System welcomes Town of Banff:   “Marigold Board is looking forward to Banff being part of the Marigold Community,” noted Lynda Lyster, Marigold Board Chair. “Marigold is committed to providing cost-effective library service and support based on the needs of member communities. Patrons appreciate access to online resources, and they expect traditional library services.”  
Banff Library cardholders will have access to over 3 million items in 175 libraries through TRACpac, the shared online catalogue of TRAC (a partnership of Marigold Library System, Northern Lights Library System, Peace Library System and Yellowhead Regional Library). Banff residents can register for their new library card (called the TRAC card) at any Marigold member library, including of course, Banff. Marigold will provide online and mobile access to a variety of resources (eResources) such as magazines, eBooks, movies, TV shows, video games, genealogy, language learning, auto repair, and Freegal music download service where cardholders can download up to 5 songs per week.
With the recent launch of ME Libraries Alberta Wide Borrowing — a web-based service that allows patrons with a current library card from their home library to borrow from the physical collections at participating libraries — cardholders will have access to most libraries across Alberta. 
“Marigold’s aim is to support and resource libraries so that, together, we can provide outstanding community-focused library service.” explained CEO Michelle Toombs. “Banff has a beautiful library with excellent resources. Participation in Marigold allows Banff to expand its local library service. Marigold will benefit greatly from Banff’s expertise and creative ideas.” A Banff Library Board Member will be appointed to the Marigold Board by the Town and will serve in a governance capacity to Marigold Library System.
Marigold headquarters employs library and IT professionals to provide expert consultation to staff in member libraries. Headquarters staff look forward to working closely with Banff Library staff to integrate the library’s holdings with the TRAC catalogue.
Marigold Library System (centrally located in Strathmore) provides cutting edge public library services for over 260,000 residents in south central Alberta through 37 member libraries, 13 book deposits and a mail service. As a member of TRAC (The Regional Automation Consortium), RISE Network and TAL (The Alberta Library), Marigold is committed to collaboration and innovation. 2015 marks Marigold’s 34th year of operation.
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Michelle Toombs, CEO
Marigold Library System