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Direct Access Program (DAP)

The Direct Access Program is available to all member libraries, library systems, and individual public libraries in the ten-county region served by CDLC. To participate, a library must indicate its willingness to lend material to outside users (i.e., patrons of another library) in at least one of the participation categories (see DAP Guidelines below) adopted by the CDLC Board of Trustees on April 28, 2001. If a library is unable or unwilling to lend directly to patrons of other libraries, or if the public has no access to the library, then participation in this program is not possible.

 Follow these links for more information on the Direct Access Program: 

In the Spring of 2014, CDLC's Committee on Resource Sharing (CORS) formed a working group to review CDLC's Direct Access Program and the recommendations below were shared first with CDLC's membership, then brought to the CDLC Board of Trustees who approved recommendations 1, 2, 4, and 8. Following each recommendation is its status. Recommendation numbers 3, 5, 6 and 7, as well as number 2, will be further reviewed in the Summer of 2015. CDLC will also reconvene and expand the composition of the working group, and provide recommended guidelines for participating DAP institutions. If you have any questions or comments, please contact CDLC's Executive Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Thank you. 

Recommended for Immediate Implementation:

1.    Eliminate authorized signatures: APPROVED. Effective July 1, 2015. 
2.    Eliminate participation categories: APPROVED. Further discussion and clarification is needed before implementing. 
3.    Insert clearer language in the DAP policy about the responsibility of both the card issuing library and the lending library in the case of unreturned materials. NOT APPROVED. Further discussion and clarification is needed. 
4.    Varying lengths of time that a DAP card is valid, determined by the issuing library: APPROVED. Effective July 1, 2015. 
8.    CDLC to develop more DAP training for staff at participating libraries: APPROVED. Effective July 1, 2015. 

Requires Further Discussion:

5.    Develop a central database of valid DAP card holders at CDLC.
6.    Redesign DAP cards to make them more official and informative.
7.    Issuing library should attach a unique number to each DAP patron.

More detailed information about these recommendations, and the justification for each, can be found here.

Thank you for your support of this program and for providing your comments to ensure this valuable service continues to meet your needs. 

(last updated June 26, 2015)
Last modified on Thursday, 29 September 2016 09:13
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