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Message to MCPS Staff Members (July 1, 2015)

The MCPS Professional Library, which had been available to employees through a partnership with the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) has closed. The closure was effective July 1, 2015.
 
The partnership was dissolved because of the increasing amount of information available in a digital format offered by a variety of community sources.
 
MCPS is committed to supporting the professional growth of its staff members. For more information on resources regarding professional, academic and personal information needs, staff can visit this website and click on "Professional Resources." http://montgomeryscholsmd.org/departments/media/  
 
While the Professional Library physical space is no longer available, employees will continue to be able to use a borrower's card to check out books from the USG Priddy Library and the six University of Maryland libraries at the College Park campus through June 2016. Employees will also be able to visit the USG Priddy Library to access databases and e-journals that are available onsite for guest use. USG created a MCPS Patron Library Guide which contains information about library services still available to MCPS staff.
 
The following services will be discontinued:
  • The pony service between MCPS and USG. All books borrowed from the libraries by MCPS employees will need to be picked up and returned to the Priddy Library or UMD, College Park libraries
  • Remote access to professional library subscription databases and e-journals
  • The MCPS Professional Library blog and Twitter account

In addition to the remain USG services, the following community resources are also available:

  • The Montgomery County Public Library can assist in locating resources with a library card. Patrons can access up to 90 online subscription resources, e-books and e-journals
  • The Maryland State Library Resources Center provides cooperative, cost-effective resources and services. The Information Services Department provides customers and other library staff
  • AskUsNow! is a statewide interactive information service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and uses the expertise of librarians to provide answers to questions, guidance for research, and help navigating the internet. This service is available for any Maryland resident or student
  • School-based staff members should also feel free to contact the library media specialist at their school, who can assist in locating resources for them
  • MCPS staff members enrolled in post-secondary coursework, certification or degree programs can access their institution's online resources. Consult the university or college library for more information

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Additional professional resources:

The library media specialist at each school can assist in locating resources for school-based, MCPS staff members

The Montgomery County Public Library can assist in locating resources and with a library card; patrons have access to 90 online subscription resources, eBooks, and eJournals  

The Maryland State Library Resources Center provides cooperative, cost effective, resources and services. Their Information Services Department provides customers with immediate and reliable answers to a variety of questions from customers and other library staff 

AskUsNow!, a statewide interactive information service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that uses the expertise of librarians to provide answers to questions, research guidance, and help navigating the internet is available for any Maryland resident or student

MCPS staff members enrolled in post-secondary coursework, certification or degree programs can access their institution’s online resources. Consult your university or college library for more information

 

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