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Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) is a consortium of various types of libraries located in Southeast Michigan. The consortium, incorporated in 1985, is open to academic, public, school and special libraries as well as information organizations.
DALNET members agree to participate in some or all consortium ventures and remain committed to resource sharing. DALNET strives to engage in cost-effective practices to insure that members' investments are maximized; to share local and central site expertise; to be efficient in all operational areas; to gather, evaluate and distribute relevant information before reaching a decision; to respect local institutional values/principles and operational priorities; and to develop effective group processes for good decision-making. These principles and the full participation of members enables DALNET librarians to play a leadership role in the delivery of information at their institutions and to meet research, professional, cultural, and recreational needs of their users.
DALNET policy is set by its Board of Directors. Decision-making is accomplished with every member institution having representation on the DALNET Board and, if desired, in various policy-making committees and task forces. The Executive Committee of the Board includes the Board Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary, as well as four Member At Large seats. Elections for Board Officers are held annually.
Members of DALNET help to create a model urban information gateway in the metro Detroit area. This gateway to information resources worldwide supports the research, cultural enrichment, and lifelong learning needs of the people of the Detroit metropolitan area and improves access to unique local information, special collections, and services available through DALNET member institutions.
Behind the online system that users see, DALNET shared system members have access to a fully integrated library management system used to automate and manage their operations. The system includes modules for acquisitions, cataloging, authority control, serials control, circulation and resource sharing. National standards are followed and are fully supported by the system.