In December 2007, twenty of our member libraries joined together to form the Westmoreland Information Network (WIN). The WIN libraries combined all of their holdings into one easily accessible catalog. With one library card, patrons are able to easily and quickly request materials from WIN member libraries. New features of the Integrated Library System (ILS) include access to the catalog from home, the ability for a patron to manage their own library account and request items to be delivered to any WIN member library.
WLN serves as a liaison to the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. We advocate for funding support, professional develop and enhanced resource sharing.
We also serve as a representive to the Westmoreland County Commissioners on behalf of our member libraries. We keep the Commissioners informed of the libraries' achievements, growth and on-going financial needs.
We believe that continuing education and professional development is the key to excellent customer service. To this end, WLN provides on-going workshops and professional training opportunities for member library staff.
The Summer Reading Program and the One Book, One Community are just a few of the popular programs funded by WLN. The programming is intended for all communities and all ages for enjoyment and enrichment of their library experience.
WLN provides access, support and training to the Pennsylvania Power Library, AccessPA and Ask Here reference services. Additionally, we subscribed to additional research and information databases including: HeriatageQuest, Mango Languages and Learning Express.
WLN has 77 Book Discussion Kits available to the public as well as libraries sponsoring book discussion groups. Each kit contains 10 copies of a single title, biographical information about the author, selected reviews, suggestions for discussion, and general information for book groups and readers.