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Benefits of Membership

Benefits to Patrons:

Imagine being able to give your patrons access to more than 5.9 million books and library materials including a huge media collection of CD's, DVD's, Videos and 16mm films. Most of these items can be delivered within two days.

Imagine offering your patrons access to thousands of journals, magazines and internet access to an enormous collection of digital content that includes eBooks, audio books, audio music in wav or mp3 file format and downloadable videos.

Imagine offering all of this Free of Charge to your patrons.

Stop imagining, all of this is a daily reality for SEO Consortium members.

Benefits to your Library:

No Database to maintain: SEO hosts and maintains the consortium database at its Caldwell facilities. Member libraries access the database through software on their local computers.

No Catalog to maintain: SEO hosts and maintains the consortium catalog. Member libraries access the catalog through software on their local computers or through the internet. Patrons can access the catalog via the Internet.

Statistical Reporting: borrower, inventory and circulation reports, purchase alerts and state reporting.

Helpdesk and network support: Helpdesk/network support on the various software and peripheral needs for the installation and functionality of the Symphony system.

Added Values of the Consortium:

  • SIP Authentication service for various third party software packages

  • Helpdesk and network support on the various software and peripheral needs for the installation and functionality of the Library system

  • Generation and mailing of member overdue notices, courtesy and overdue notices by email done by using the program offered by UMS

  • Live bookmobile database access through terminal services

  • Helpdesk support to membership for circulation and cataloging questions

  • Interlibrary Loan, periodical, and reference services

  • Marc record maintenance and cataloging training for consortium members

  • Authority control for the consortium database

  • Access to CatExpress for the purchase of OCLC marc records with importing into Symphony by SEO staff

  • Original cataloging when copy records are not available

  • Mobile Technology Training Center and Annex Training Facility to fulfill your training and educational needs. Both facilities are maintained and setup by the SEO staff