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Moving to HELM: Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts

What is HELM?

Who They Are

HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts) is a growing consortium of Massachusetts public higher education libraries that share an integrated library system, allow direct borrowing of materials, and collaborate on professional development opportunities. HELM was formed to develop and sustain cooperative initiatives and to enhance library resources, systems and services for all member libraries.

Mission/Vision

  • Keep Academic Users' needs paramount
  • Maintain the Integrated Library System (ILS) and develop a resource sharing network
  • Develop other cooperative initiatives in purchasing resources and in staff professional development.
  • Strategically expand membership as appropriate
  • Integrate assessment into future planning

Benefits

  Joining HELM creates many advantages for the community of Massasoit. 

Students will have: 

  • Access to eight (8) other academic library collections, including four year schools
  • The ability to use their library card at any HELM location
  • An improved searching experience because of a more flexible library system

What's the time frame?

  2019

  • April 3-4: All Massasoit Library staff training on the new system
  • April: Validate the quality of user and item records
  • April: Stop receiving holds from OCLN
  • May: Migrate all data from OCLN to HELM network
  • June 3, 2019- Go Live with HELM 

Network Info

Member Libraries

  • Holyoke Community College
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Mount Wachusett Community College
  • North Shore Community College
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Roxbury Community College