Emeryville, CA—The Company announced today that five library organizations have banded together to launch Search Ohio, a library consortium that will make any of over 7 million items available to their communities. Powered by INN-Reach, Innovative's direct consortial borrowing system, Search Ohio will allow library users to make Web requests for books and media like CDs and DVDs and receive them within two to three days. Depending on their current collection size, each partner in the consortium will gain access to anywhere from 4.3 to 6.2 million additional items faster and at a fraction of the cost of traditional interlibrary-loan services. Search Ohio's founding members are Westerville (OH) Public Library and the Ohio county libraries of Cuyahoga, Toledo-Lucas, Warren-Trumbull, and Youngstown-Mahoning.
Search Ohio builds on the success of Cuyahoga County Public Library and Westerville Public Library as the first public libraries to join OhioLINK, an INN-Reach-powered group of nearly 60 academic libraries that share books throughout the state. "We're very excited about Search Ohio because our participation in OhioLINK proved to be a win-win situation for both public and academic libraries," says Sari Feldman, Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library. "By combining the strengths of public libraries, Search Ohio will serve library communities that not only want a lot of library materials but also want them quickly. It's also more cost effective to use INN-Reach than interlibrary loan. Our increase in physical delivery costs will be more than offset by the gain in lower cost-per-transaction."
As part of the OhioLINK system, Westerville Public Library is able to borrow books from other libraries in 24 to 48 hours, a reduction of 7 to 10 days over traditional interlibrary loan. Says Library Director Don Barlow: "While OhioLINK dropped customer dependence on interlibrary loan by 40%, we predict that Search Ohio will reduce this dependence another 40%. There's a proven track record with OhioLINK of providing outstanding ease of use to patrons and cost savings to libraries. INN-Reach is a resource-sharing model that works."
Public libraries have much to gain by sharing resources with INN-Reach. "Most public libraries assume that their collections overlap by about 80%, when in most cases the opposite is true," says Barlow. "In our particular case only about one-third of items are the same so it opens a whole new world to our customers. In fact, since overlapping titles are often popular titles like the Harry Potter series, library users won't have to wait as long for these kinds of items either."
"Launching Search Ohio will also leverage some of the library collections unique to our members for the good of the region, for example the architecture and rail history materials at Kent Free Library," says Feldman. "With our communities gaining access to millions of new items for less, there is every reason for other libraries in the region to join us, and we look forward to growing the system in the coming years."
About Search Ohio
Search Ohio makes any of over 7 million public library items available to the communities served by Westerville Public Library and the county libraries of Cuyahoga County, Toledo-Lucas, Warren-Trumbull, and Youngstown-Mahoning. The Search Ohio portal allows direct, online requesting of books and media and delivery of these items within a matter of days.
About Innovative Interfaces
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products including the Millennium integrated library technology platform, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.