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North Lake College and City of Irving Library Partnership to End June 18

The City of Irving and Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) have agreed to discontinue the partnership under which the city and North Lake College jointly operate the North Lake Community Library. North Lake College will assume management of the library, which is located on the college campus, on June 19. City and college officials stated that there will be no disruption in service to residents or students.

    Both entities have been evaluating the future of the current partnership agreement, which ends June 18. The city conducted a financial and usage analysis and found that it was not receiving the best return on its investment. Also, the college went through a re-accreditation process in 2003. One of the recommendations for the college to maintain academic standing involved management and operation responsibility for its library.
   
    “North Lake has always had a strong commitment to academic excellence. To keep this position, it is necessary that we meet the stringent standards set forth by our accrediting agency for our academic library,” said Dr. Herlinda Glasscock, president of North Lake College. “The current partnering agreement with the City of Irving does not allow us to meet those requirements.”
  
    North Lake is currently searching for an interim library director to oversee the daily operations of the facility and its employees. The city employees will continue to work at the North Lake library during the transition period. City officials will be looking for a new library branch location as part of a library master plan that will be conducted later this year.
 
      “The City of Irving is dedicated to the success of both our public libraries and the college,” said Patty Landers, Irving library director. “We are committed to offering the best service possible and making library resources the most accessible to our residents.”
  
    The Irving City Council is expected to approve a resolution at its April 1 meeting to officially terminate the joint agreement. Meanwhile, the DCCCD Board of Trustees will vote on the issue at its April 6 meeting. The city and college are developing a transition plan to address issues associated with dissolving the partnership.
  
    “The City of Irving and North Lake College have a history of working together to serve the best interests of the community,” Glasscock said. “I expect that both the city and college will continue to cultivate partnerships that benefit the community and North Lake students.”
  
    Irving voters approved $1.9 million in city bond funds in 1994 to pay for library materials and furniture for the North Lake Community Library. North Lake spent $10.1 million to construct the 59,000-square-foot facility that opened to the public and students in August 2002.