December 10, 2008 -- Emeryville, CA. Innovative announced today that Contra Costa County Library (CA) has gone live on LINK+, a direct consortial library borrowing system driven by Innovative's INN-Reach solution. Comprised of 48 public and academic libraries in California and Nevada, LINK+ members provide fast discovery and patron-driven requesting of any of over 30 million items from a single online portal. Contra Costa County Library will use INN-Reach in conjunction with their current ILS, Carl.Solution, provided by TLC.
By putting web-based, unmediated requesting in the hands of patrons and reducing the layers of request processing, INN-Reach dramatically reduces the costs and time to fulfill a loan request. The Library now makes any of five million unique titles available to the County's one million residents. "We made the decision to join LINK+ because it is a great resource sharing service, as well as for its efficiency and size," says Cathy Sanford, Deputy County Librarian. "We are accustomed to traditional interlibrary lending with many LINK+ members, but the ease of use without staff mediation is hard to beat. We strive to be an 80% self-service library as a strategic goal. We come to our users and not vice versa, and unmediated borrowing through LINK+ helps us achieve it."
Linda Barbero, Interlibrary Loan Supervisor, is the point-person for the INN-Reach implementation process. "The membership of LINK+ is both academic and public libraries and will present a depth and variety that our users will love. Because all the LINK+ members have the same lending policies, the turnaround time is that much faster."
Barbero continues: "Patrons already ask if we have LINK+ because they use it at other regional libraries. They have had good experiences with it and we are looking forward to being part of this system. Contra Costa County Library will share a monograph collection of about 1.2 million and contribute to the experience of outside users. We are already lending to academic libraries through ILL and expect to be an even larger resource as a LINK+ member."
"It all comes down to expanding the amount of materials available and speeding the turnaround time," says Sanford. "California has a long history of resource sharing and we want to be part of that in a way that helps our customers."
INN-Reach was born out of the need to make resource sharing faster and more cost effective. Traditional interlibrary loan, for example, often meant that patrons would have to wait a week or more to receive an item. Interlibrary loan represented a considerable cost to the library and commercial document delivery options were even more expensive. First launched to run OhioLINK, the INN-Reach family has grown to 24 systems in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. The experience of customers over more than a decade and independent research sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries1 give proof positive that INN-Reach is indeed as fast and cost effective as it appeared to be from the start. Across the board, usage of these systems continues to grow, boosting libraries' presence online, and bringing patrons back inside their doors.
About Contra Costa County Library
Contra Costa County Library (www.ccclib.org), with its 25 community libraries and virtual presence, is located in the fastest growing region of the Bay Area and is considered a leader in the application and use of innovative technologies that bring the library to the people. Serving approximately one million people, circulation exceeds over six million annually. The Library believes in excellent service to customers, and has twice been recognized as the Department of the Year and given the Award for Excellence by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.
Driven by INN-Reach, Innovative's direct consortial borrowing solution, LINK+ spans California and Nevada, providing web-based access to any of over 30 million items. Since its inception in 1994, LINK+ has grown to 48 public and academic libraries providing expanded resource options to their users at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional interlibrary loan.
About Innovative Interfaces
Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) dedicates its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. The company has fulfilled this mission with first-rate services and products such as the Millennium integrated library platform, INN-Reach resource sharing, Electronic Resource Management, and the Encore discovery services platform. 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.