Cole Corner: Libraryland speak decoded: Open Access means borrowing power
July 13, 2012 · Cathy Boggs
Like many occupations, in Libraryland we have "library speak" - a jargon to talk about library programs and services available to patrons. Like all jargon used in various jobs, it is only helpful if everyone knows what on earth you are talking about. One such instance in Libraryland is Open Access. If this is a term new to you, read on. Knowing about it may make your life better!
Open Access is a program through the State Library of Iowa that allows you, a library card holder, to travel to any public library in Iowa and get a library card there and check out materials. How does this make your life better?
Let's say that you work in Cedar Rapids and you find that you are not using your hometown library as much as you would like. Well, during your lunch hour or another convenient time, you can stroll into the Cedar Rapids Public Library, be issued a library card, and check out materials.
Or maybe your granddaughter from Central City is staying with you for two weeks. Bring her to the library, we will issue her a library card, and she can check out materials while she is visiting.
Open Access gives you borrowing power in more than 500 Iowa libraries. This program will give you access to so many more books, magazines, music and movies.
So decoded Open Access means open doors to all public Iowa libraries and their offerings. How many library cards do I carry? More than one!