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Memphis Area Library Council Reciprocal Borrowing Program is 2016 Tennessee Resource Sharing Award Recipient

During the 2016 Tenn-Share Fall Conference welcome, Joe Weber, Past-President, presented the Tenn-Share Tennessee Resource Sharing Award to the Memphis Area Library Council (MALC). In the fall of 2013, MALC began its Reciprocal Borrowing Program for students, faculty, and staff of thirteen Memphis college and university libraries to borrow print material from any participating library, which includes nearly every college and university library in the Memphis area.

The MALC Reciprocal Borrowing Program has greatly expanded access to library materials for over 50,000 students enrolled in Memphis area colleges and universities as well as the several thousand faculty and staff employed at those institutions.  Smaller colleges supply access to specialized collections and larger universities supply access to research collections.
The Memphis Area Library Council is a multi-type library organization formed to promote cooperation in support of the learning community of Memphis and the Mid-South region. 
The Tennessee Resource Sharing Award recipient is recognized based on efforts to make available shared library and/or information resources that benefit the organizations involved and the patrons they serve, and that would not be available to them without cooperative efforts. The award recipient receives a plaque, and in their honor $100 is given to a library or other institution of the recipient's choice that provides resource sharing among Tennessee libraries, with the money being earmarked for resource-sharing services.