Governance

As a service program of NWLS, Merlin is managed under the legal authority of the NWLS Board of Trustees and administered by NWLS director and staff. An administrative advisory committee representing all participating libraries makes recommendations to the Board and staff regarding the administration of Merlin. Recommendations are adopted by a majority vote of members attending meetings held to discuss critical issues and recommendations concerning finance, standards, software enhancements, etc.. Officers serve a two year term and include the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Merlin is organized and operated in accordance with the Merlin Consortium By-Laws.  In order to provide the best service to all residents of the NWLS area, Merlin member libraries agree to follow the policies and standards created to provide an efficient and effective operation of the automation system.  The adopted standards and policies allow for proper oversight of the operations, quality control of the catalog and the database backbone, ready access to materials that can be circulated and shared equitably, compliance with state and federal law regarding applicable procedures, and efficient troubleshooting of all hardware and software components.

 

  1. Merlin Agreement

  2. Merlin Bylaws

  3. Membership Compliance

  4. Enforcing Compliance

  5. Complaint Form

  6. Compliance Priorities

  7. Technology Services Policy

  8. Bibliographic Record Standards

  9. Item Record Standards

  10. Circulation Standards  (from the Membership Compliance document)

  11. Resource Sharing Guidelines

  12. Patron Confidentiality