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An exciting new change is coming to Sampson-Clinton Public Libraries with plans to expand resources on the in-person and digital fronts.

During her short period as the new library director, Kelsey Edwards constantly worked on the growth of libraries. According to her, one major change the community can expect is the library system’s membership of NC Cardinal.

NC Cardinal is a growing consortium of public libraries in over 50 North Carolina counties dedicated to sharing resources and expanding access through the use of a single online catalog.

NC Cardinal is a program of the State Library of North Carolina, supported by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Federal Library Services and Technology Act. Its catalog contains more than seven million items, with more than 200 physical branches located throughout North Carolina in 57 counties and 45 library systems.

According to the NC Cardinal website, in 2020 alone there were on average more than 450,000 cases per month.

“The first process for our NC Cardinal membership will happen in early December,” said Edwards. “But, the part that’s going to be exciting for the community will be in early February, when we start sharing resources. It will be with over 40 library systems statewide, so we will be able to get books, audiobooks, and movies from those systems to North Carolina.

Edwards mentioned that the resource sharing will only be for physical documents, including books, audiobooks and DVDs.

While joining NC Cardinal is already in the works, Edwards also shared other plans she wants to make while continuing to learn more about the community.

“Joining NC Cardinal is already on the map and something we’re working on, but we’re also working on a hundred different things right now,” she said. “Once we complete this process, I can’t wait to get us out there and get more involved in the community.

“I will also be working to make sure we have more programs for all ages,” Edwards said. “These are just very simple things right now, but I still have time to get to know everyone and see where we need to move forward.”

Edwards not only pointed out the novelty, but also wanted to remind the community of the level of access they currently have within the library system.

“We not only have physical hardware, but we have electronic resources that I’m not sure people know about,” she said.

Some of the electronic resources include the NC Kids Digital Library, which provides e-books, digital audio books, and online videos only for young people; Overdrive E-inc Consortium, providing eBooks, digital audiobooks and digital magazines for all ages; and language learning resource, available through NC Live.

“We have a lot more, these are just a few of what we offer, I wanted people to know that we are not just what’s in the building,” she said in laughing.

There are four library branches as well as outreach services for homebound clients, nursing homes and daycares. Branches include the JC Holliday Library (Clinton), Roseboro Public Library, Bryan Memorial Library (Newton Grove), and Miriam Lamb Memorial Library (Garland).

For more information on NC Cardinal, visit statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/services-libraries/nc-cardinal. Information on electronic resources is available at nckids.overdrive.com, e-inc.overdrive.com/e-inc-sampsonclinton/content and https://library.transparent.com/nclive.

For upcoming events, the Sampson-Clinton Public Library is also on Facebo

Contact Michael B. Hardison at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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