The OhioLINK and SearchOhio consortia have launched a major new initiative that takes their already unprecedented levels of resource-sharing to new heights. The 109 public and academic libraries, representing a combined collection of over 60 million items, have implemented Innovative's new Peer-to-Peer Requesting to bridge their existing INN-Reach systems. Now, a patron from any library can freely request material from both systems.
Thanks to the new collaborative program, SearchOhio—a network of 19 public library systems throughout the state—will provide public library users with the ability to borrow academic materials from the 90 OhioLINK members. "Ohio's libraries have always explored ways to share resources, expand access and better serve our constituents," says Sari Feldman, Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library. "But this collaboration between OhioLINK and SearchOhio is especially exciting because it gives Ohioans unprecedented access to millions of additional materials."
Users of OhioLINK's 90 libraries will benefit from access to 11 million books, DVDs, and CDs through SearchOhio. "For us, it's a win-win situation," says John Magill, Executive Director of OhioLINK. "We're expanding the reach of OhioLINK's physical resources to a larger number of Ohio's citizens, while at the same time making it easier for our students to find the more popular titles found in a public library. And they'll still be able to pick up their books at their campus library."
OhioLINK (ohiolink.edu) is a consortium of 89 Ohio Colleges and Universities and the State Library of Ohio, working to bring books, articles, electronic resources and digital information to more than 600,000 students, faculty, and staff. Users have access to more than 49 million library items, 12,000 electronic journals and 140 electronic research databases, available 24/7 through their campus libraries or online.
SearchOhio is a rapidly growing group of 19 public libraries from across the state dedicated to maximizing their resources through patron-initiated sharing of material between members. Open to all interested public libraries and powered by Innovative Interfaces' INN-Reach system, SearchOhio makes over 11 million items directly accessible to their patrons. The SearchOhio portal is available online or through the participating libraries' catalogs and discovery platforms.
About Innovative Interfaces
Innovative (iii.com) creates cutting-edge products that allow libraries to succeed in a modern technology environment and the freedom to implement solutions that best meet their specific needs. The company’s versatile and market-leading solutions include: the Sierra Services Platform, the Millennium ILS, the Encore Synergy discovery application, Electronic Resource Management, and INN-Reach resource sharing. An established company with a vision for the future, Innovative connects with thousands of libraries of all types in over 50 countries. Innovative’s commitment to service is reflected by its 24/7/365 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.