May 29, 2008. LibLime, the leader in open source solutions for libraries, and Relais International, Inc. world leader in resource sharing solutions for libraries, are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership between the two companies. This development comes shortly after Relais International's announcement of its intent to release the Relais resource sharing and document delivery products under an open-source license.
Joshua Ferraro, CEO of LibLime, notes, "For several years LibLime has fielded questions from consortia, ILL centers and state libraries about the possibility of an open-source resource sharing system. For this reason, we believe Relais International's adoption of an open-source business model is a significant development in the industry. Now, our partnership with Relais gives libraries access to the combined development resources and domain knowledge of both our firms."
Clare MacKeigan, COO of Relais International, says that "together, Relais and LibLime stand poised to facilitate the innovation process for our customers by providing them with the project management, programming and deployment services for creation of a next-generation solution for discovery and resource sharing that will help libraries and patrons get the items they need as quickly as possible with as little effort as possible."
LibLime and Relais are now accepting proposals from organizations interested in sponsoring creation of an open-source discovery layer and resource sharing system. Such a system could be built from the combination of LibLime's state of the art discovery layer and patron self-service portal together with Relais International's sophisticated resource sharing and document delivery features. If your organization is interested in getting involved in this process, please contact us using the information below.
About Relais International
Relais International, Inc. is based in Ottawa, Canada and has been selling systems to support interlibrary loan and document delivery services since 1996. Relais International (www.relais-intl.com) assists libraries in implementing intelligent and automated methods to support the delivery of documents. Relais products range from scanning stations through to fully integrated request management, scanning and delivery software suitable for a single library through to a consortium.
LibLime is the global leader in open-source solutions for libraries, with a mission to make open source accessible to libraries. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates implementation of open-source in libraries by providing outstanding development, customization, support and training solutions--solutions tailored to each library's needs. For more information, see http://liblime.com.