The Drumheller Library is participating in a new pilot program run by the Public Library Services Branch.
Director of Library Services Emily Hollingshead is coordinating the library's participation in the pilot. Currently, a small number of materials shipped between Alberta library to library are transported via government couriers.
"The Public Library Services Branch, which is part of the Alberta Government, is exploring the alternative option that they're working with, which is Canada Post, rather than a government courier system," explained Hollingshead.
The six month pilot project is to help PLSB determine whether Canada Post will be less expensive or faster than the government courier system.
"Drumheller Library is one of either five or six libraries in our part of Alberta who are testing that out," said Hollingshead. "That means we're working with Marigold [Library System] to test the processes and the equipment and take good notes."
She's happy to be a member of the pilot project because it shows that Drumheller is a team player and willing to experiment to potentially improve library processes across Alberta.
"I believe that Drumheller was chosen largely because we're one of the bigger Marigold libraries. We have enough materials going in and out that we're able to use this on a weekly basis and smaller libraries wouldn't necessarily have that opportunity."
Hollingshead said the process hasn't gone entirely smoothly so far, but that there's lots of time to work out the bugs before the pilot ends.