The Mountain Valley Library Catalog helps you find the library materials you need, no matter where they are located in libraries in the Mountain Valley region.
The NorthNet Library System is a consolidation of three library systems, MVLS (Mountain Valley Library System, serving Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties; NBCLS (North Bay Cooperative Library System), serving Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties; and NSCLS (North State Cooperative Library System), serving Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity Counties.
The purpose of this new consolidated regional system is to improve the services of its constituent member libraries by maintaining existing CLSA (California Library Services Act) programs, leading research and development efforts to ensure that libraries are best positioned to respond to demographic, economic, and cultural changes through innovative and collaborative approaches to programming and services and the enhancement of collective resource building and sharing.
This new system is part of a statewide effort as encouraged and supported by the California State Library to consolidate library systems throughout the state to achieve efficiencies and realize further economies of scale. There are currently fifteen systems in the state. Under the consolidation plan, ten of the fifteen systems in the state will be in three systems with five independent systems remaining.
The NLS will develop broader goals and scope than the CLSA mandated programs in communications, delivery, and reference, which are legislated by current law. The consolidation will improve and enhance services. A local system may continue local best practices to meet its own needs. This may include committee structure and programs.
In Spring of 2008, each system selected Library Directors to represent their respective systems in the planning for the consolidation. This group, called the Consolidation Task Force, has met regularly since Spring 2008. Several members of the CTF will continue to serve on the Steering Committee for the new system formation. A chronology and timeline are available for review.
The governance model for the NLS is a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA). Each of the three systems currently operates under either a JPA or a JRA. To become a member of NLS, you must be a JPA or a JRA. The Administrative Council or Board of Directors of each system must approve their JRA or JPA joining the NLS JPA. The NLS JPA is an overarching structure leaving the three systems’ JRAs and JPAs intact. The NLS JPA will go into effect July 1, 2009. The JPA, bylaws, and standing rules are available for review.
FINANCING OF THE NLS
For the first year of existence, there will be no increase in the amount of membership fees or dues paid by the member libraries, as the current membership dues structure will remain in place for this time period. A Finance and Personnel Committee has been appointed and will develop a membership fee schedule for future years. The Committee will also develop an annual budget for approval at the annual NLS meeting in May.
BENEFITS OF THE NLS
POTENTIAL NEW SERVICES TO BE EXPLORED BY THE NLS