Nola Brantley Memorial Library Team Up to Serve Students & Public
By Sheron Smith
Marsha Christy, right, head librarian
at Nola Brantley Memorial Library, talks with Pat Borck, center,
MSC's director of library services, and Judy Golden, Houston
County's public library director.
by Sheron Smith
about a perfect match.
As planning for Macon State College’s new Warner Robins Campus
got underway, the idea of partnering with Houston County’s
Nola Brantley Memorial Library right next door was really a no brainer.
“This was a partnership practically begging to take place,”
said Pat Borck, Macon State’s director of library services.
“I have no doubt that the College and the public library are
going to find this a mutually beneficial arrangement for years to
Under a formal agreement between Macon State and the Houston County
Library Board, Warner Robins Campus students have convenient access
to the academic services they need to complete their degree programs.
Macon State is providing to the Nola Brantley Library a variety
of electronic research databases; additional reference and circulating
books; more computers and other equipment and support from the College’s
technical services department.
Nola Brantley Library is providing library instruction classes
and reference and research assistance to Macon State students. The
academic enhancements Macon State provided to the Nola Brantley
Library are also available to the general public.
While it’s not unusual for a college or university to partner
with a public library, the Macon State-Nola Brantley arrangement
“I don’t think there’s anybody partnering quite
like this, where the library and college are right next door to
each other,” said Judy Golden, the public library director
for Houston County. “I don’t know of another situation
where the public library is serving as the college library.”
Golden said the partnership is a win-win situation for the College
and the Houston County community.
“We’ve always served Macon State College students,
but now we have such a great opportunity to serve them at a higher
level,” she said. “Macon State has been a great neighbor
already, and we are looking forward to the future.”