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Prepared for: Yavapai County Charter School Association. A Primer on Yavapai Library Network Membership. Presented by: Corey Christians, YLN Manager. What is the Yavapai Library Network (YLN)?.

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A primer on yavapai library network membership

Prepared for:

Yavapai County Charter School Association

A Primer on Yavapai Library Network Membership

Presented by:

Corey Christians,

YLN Manager


What is the yavapai library network yln

What is the Yavapai Library Network (YLN)?

The Yavapai Library Network is a countywide consortium of academic, public, school, and special libraries. Its purpose is to provide Yavapai County residents with quality library services, information, and materials.


Yln profile

YLN Profile

Currently home to thirteen school libraries including Beaver Creek, Camp Verde, Chino Valley, Humboldt, and Prescott School District libraries as well as the Orme School of Arizona Library. There is also one joint-use library.

Home to five academic libraries and twenty-one public libraries.

Hosts eight special collections.


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YLN Profile Cont…

Total Items available: 1,204,407

School library items: 209,366

Avg. items per K12 lib: 16,105

Total Items Circulated*: 1,885,645

School Items circulated*: 148,913

Items shared between YLN libraries in FY12:

Total YLN Items shared: 238,832

YLN Items borrowed by K-12 libraries: 6,124

*Does not include Renewals


Yln library services

YLN Library Services

Integrated Library System (ILS) Administration and support

  • Access to the most popular enterprise-class ILS

  • Access to the VuFind catalog

  • 24x7 support

  • 3 dedicated staff members

  • Regular updates/upgrades applied off-hours

  • Purchase of a new ILS included in membership

  • Data center designed to maximize uptime


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YLN Library Services

Radio-Frequency Identification Services (RFID)

  • Inventory scanner can be checked out

  • Equipment installation services

  • RFID tags included in membership at no cost

  • RFID conversion equipment for use with barcoded items

    Access to materials

  • Access to 1.2 million items

  • Access to 100,000 ebooks

  • Central sorting of items


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YLN Library Services

Access to subscription databases

  • Mango languages

  • Learnatest

  • Remote authentication with the library’s subscription databases

    Access to many training opportunities

  • In-service training available

  • Staff Training Available

  • Information-sharing usergroups

  • Mailing lists

  • Online portal for information


Yln school specific services

YLN School-Specific Services

  • Built-in Accelerated Reader search

  • Student Information System automated transfer

  • Library card printing services at no cost

  • Grant partnership opportunities with public libraries


Membership responsibilities

Membership Responsibilities

  • Must share collection of items

  • Pickup/drop-off items at the transit center

  • Attend committee/user group meetings

  • Pay membership dues

  • Sign a membership contract

  • Providing adequate bandwidth to access YLN services

  • Providing technology that supports YLN services

  • Provide compatible item barcodes


Financial obligations

Financial Obligations

  • All YLN operational expenses (about $400,000) is paid for by the Yavapai County Free Library District

  • YLN members are responsible for a capital reserve “sinking fund”

    • Obligation determined via formulary

    • Variables are constant while amounts fluctuate

  • Item transportation costs

  • Startup Costs


Yln formula

YLN Formula


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YLN Formula


Formulary example ajs

Formulary Example - AJS

Core Access (25%): $1093.75

Staff (20%): 1 (0.694%): $242.75

Circulation (28,308) and Holds (1411): 29,719 (1.152%): $403.07

Transits: 1406 (0.594%): $259.97

Items (13,000)and Users (968): 13,968 (1.069%): $187.04

Total: 1.249% of $175,000 = $2,168.48


Formulary example pmh

Formulary Example - PMH

Core Access (25%): $1093.75

Staff (20%): 1 (0.694%): $242.75

Circulation (6,539) and Holds (384): 6,923 (0.268%): $93.89

Transits: 309 (0.131%): $57.11

Items (10,270)and Users (785): 11,055 (0.846%): $148.03

Total: 0.935% of $175,000 = $1,635.53


Yln assessment

YLN Assessment


Startup costs

Startup Costs

  • A computer that will support Symphony

  • A barcode scanner

  • Bibliographic data entry

  • Student data entry

  • 14-digit codabar barcodes if necessary

  • Library cards if necessary

  • RFID tag placement (tags are included)

  • RFID Antennae (if desired)

  • Cost to add library into Symphony


Costs versus benefits

Costs Versus Benefits

  • Every dollar spent equals nearly seventeendollars worth of services for school libraries

  • This equates to $23,300 expended for $388,800 worth of services

  • 100% of funds expended will eventually go back to the libraries

  • The opportunity to get other donations from other YLN members

  • Existing resources are leveraged to access greater resources

  • New services added at no cost


Services coming soon

Services Coming Soon

  • Zinio Digital Magazines

    • Hundreds of magazines

    • Provided County-wide to all libraries

  • Universal Class

    • Over 500 online classes available

    • Approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training

    • Earn Continuing Education credits

    • Courses are self-paced

    • Example courses include ESL Grammar and Writing, Autism 101, Applied Behavior Analysis Strategies for Teachers, and How to Be a Substitute Teacher

  • The ability to send notices via text message


Contact information

Contact Information

Corey Christians

Library Network Manager

Yavapai Library Network

1120 Commerce Dr.

Prescott, AZ 86305

O: (928) 442-5723

C: (928) 830-5996

[email protected]


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