What is CAMLS?

The Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System values:

Mission Statement

The Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System is a multitype library cooperative assisting member libraries to better meet the needs of their customers by creating opportunities to accomplish services and programs beyond individual capabilities and resources. CAMLS facilitates the work of member libraries through membership driven services, professional development and responsible fiscal management.

Vision Statement

The Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System is a dynamic leader in assisting its members to maintain a high degree of quality library and information services. CAMLS provides outstanding professional development opportunities, facilitates cooperative ventures, offers specialized consulting services, and proactively monitors trends affecting libraries. CAMLS is the premiere multitype organization that helps its members lead their libraries into the future.

CAMLS was established in 1977 to foster increased access to library and information resources by providing the leadership necessary to coordinate collaborative services and to promote cooperation and communication among member libraries. As a multi-type library consortium, CAMLS includes 80 public, academic, special, and school libraries of varying sizes whose focus is the Greater Cleveland area. As a result, CAMLS has developed a wide range of services and products to satisfy membership needs.

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