BCR – the nation’s oldest multistate library cooperative – has undergone organizational changes and added new services and vendor partners. With the changes implemented by OCLC in relation to their networks, BCR, like the others, has re-invented itself to meet the changing library landscape. The State Library of Kansas is one of the 11 member states within the BCR region; our membership allows every Kansas library to be a member of BCR.
One of the new divisions within BCR is Digital & Preservation Services. Available services include digitization and digital projects, consulting and training, teacher toolbox, digital toolbox, and the latest Shelf2Life service. Shelf2Life allows libraries and cultural heritage institutions to make their pre-1923 book collections available in digital format─without the expense of equipment and significant staff time.
BCR also offers hundreds of workshops and other continuing education opportunities (browse list). Various formats are utilized for training, including WebLive, face-to-face, and customized. BCR hosts Free Friday Forums (FFF) which are archived and available on topics ranging from social networking to maintaining public computers, to the future of cataloging.
For libraries interested in licensing databases, eContent or other electronic resources, BCR can provide “one stop shopping” and single invoicing and billing service.
For assistance on staff contacts at BCR, contact the State Library. We’ll be happy to direct you to the perfect BCR staff member!