HIGHLANDS REGIONAL LIBRARY COOPERATIVE
Description and Guiding Principles
The HRLC was the result of the merger of Regions I and II of the New Jersey Library Network as mandated by the State Librarian in September 1993. The merger took place in January 1994.
The Cooperative is a membership-driven non-profit corporation. Its more than 900 members provide library services to people of all ages and backgrounds. It includes academic, corporate, institutional, public, and school libraries and library organizations serving 2.2 million people residing in the counties embraced by the Cooperative. Each member retains its unique identity while contributing toward collaborative efforts.
The Highlands Regional Library Cooperative, a non-profit, multi-type library cooperative serving residents of Northern New Jersey, strengthens its members by sharing resources, services, and expertise to create the best library service in New Jersey.
The Planning Committee identified the following principles to guide HRLC:
- We believe that cooperating libraries are better than competing libraries and that by working together we can provide truly amazing service to those we serve.
- We believe that change is welcome and is an opportunity for advancement.
- We serve all types of libraries and strive to develop a program of service that meets the greatest needs.
- We spend our funds effectively and within our budget.
- We continuously evaluate our services and our place in the library community.
- We recognize that the strength of HRLC is contingent on full member participation.
- We treat each other with respect.
- We believe the Region's staff is one of our most valuable regional resources.
- We are committed to providing an ongoing program of continuing education for everyone.
- We communicate often and in a variety of ways.
- We support a Board of Directors that provides leadership and direction for the Region.
- We recognize quality service
The following is our vision of the Highlands Regional Library Cooperative at its best in three to five years:
- We will be a leader in positioning libraries for the future.
- We will seek partnerships, develop working relationships with organizations and secure funding that will result in more effective service for our libraries' customers.
- Our members will be fully engaged in supporting the Region's service program and understand how their libraries fit into the overall information infrastructure.
- We will be a flexible, change-oriented, member-driven organization that will be a catalyst and facilitator for new ideas.
- Customers of HRLC member libraries will have across-the-board access to consistently excellent service.
- They will find what they want, when they want it, where they want it, quickly and in convenient formats.
- Our customer-focused staff will be recognized as leaders in the information age.
- Our libraries will continuously demonstrate their social, economic, educational and cultural value to the communities they serve.
Contact the HRLC with any questions, comments, or suggestions at 1-800-NET-HRLC or via .