Martha’s Vineyard libraries celebrate CLAMS anniversary

This month marks the twentieth anniversary of online resource sharing by the Cape Libraries Automated Resources Sharing (CLAMS). To mark the occasion, the CLAMS library network, which includes the Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown libraries, wants to ensure that patrons know about the many services offered.

CLAMS, a nonprofit organization, includes 32 libraries in 35 locations on Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod, according to a recent press release. CLAMS went “live” on Martha’s Vineyard in April 1991 at Edgartown Library and Vineyard Haven Library with a shared database and online catalog, and with computerized circulation and library cards.

Today, patrons can get immediate information via the Internet on the availability of library materials and make requests and renewals online. A virtual catalog gives Martha’s Vineyard residents access to materials from across Massachusetts.

All CLAMS libraries offer public Internet access, via wireless as well as library computers. Online magazines, newspapers, and health, business, and reference information are offered through statewide and locally licensed databases, most of which can be accessed from home, as well as in the library. Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks are among the more recent offerings.

Access to CLAMS is available at member libraries and on their websites, and online at www.clamsnet.org.