August 1, 2019
Strathmore, AB – Marigold Library System is excited to announce the unveiling of a newly redesigned website platform.
The new comprehensive state-of-the-art websites feature a modern, streamlined design with improved functionality and easy access to accurate and up-to-date information to engage with patrons, general public and visitors to Marigold’s communities. The sites have already gone live in all of Marigold’s 36 member libraries.
The websites feature integrated social media buttons, a printable events calendar, book lists, eResources lists and are access points to learning tools for all ages. The new sites also deliver training portals for staff, volunteers and trustees. For rural and remote populations who often experience slower internet connection speeds at home, the websites have been developed to optimize viewing and download speeds wherever possible.
The project is a collaboration with Marigold Library System and Peace Library System, who will share the platform – provided by eZ Systems in Norway and custom-tailored by Mugo Web based in Vancouver – to supply both their headquarters and a total of 83 member libraries in Alberta with newly revamped and secure websites.
According to a Pew Research Study, over 91 percent of people are turning to online resources for information on businesses and services. It is more important than ever, therefore, that information about available library services that enhance and enrich communities are easily available and accessible online.
Over 320,000 residents in Marigold’s member municipalities, as well as residents from Siksika and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, will benefit from the launch of this project. The project has been in planning and development for the past two years with much dedication from IT staff, trainers and a team of Marigold headquarters staff, as well as design ideas and content provided by Peace employees. While each member library is able to customize their website with their own content, Marigold pays for the platform, hosting, content design and development, and training. Furthermore, Marigold staff support the smaller libraries by preparing and updating their content.
Marigold Library System is a municipal collaborative serving 44 member municipalities and two First Nations – Stoney Nakoda Nation and Siksika Nation – 37 member library boards, 36 libraries, 11 books deposits, two inter-library loan pickup lockers and over 320,000 people across south-central Alberta.
The regional system, a non-profit organization, was established in 1981. Since then Marigold has grown to the third largest library system in the province – behind Edmonton and Calgary. It is a collaborative focusing on providing cost-effective public library services and support to residents and member libraries in rural Alberta. Marigold’s services include IT infrastructure, a network for resource sharing, expert consultation services and progressive public library services.
Marigold’s mission is to cultivate a collaborative community to support a range of responsive quality library services, training sessions, and programs.
CEO Marigold Library System
Deputy CEO Marigold Library System