The Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization (ILCSO), a statewide consortium of libraries, will use DRA's system and services to replace the shared automated library system now in use for support of circulation and online patron access catalogs at .45 member libraries and ILLINET Online, a union catalog that represents more than 9 million titles and more than 28 million volumes in 500 Illinois libraries which use ILLINET/OCLC for cataloging support. Using ILLINET Online, any of more than 2,500 libraries in the state can borrow items from any of the ILCSO libraries. In fiscal 1994, the system handled more than 615,000 interlibrary loan transactions.
ILCSO began in the late 1970s with the introduction of the Library Computer System (LCS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. By 1981, LCS was serving 17 institutions. In 1984, an online catalog component known as FBR (Full Bibliographic Record) was implemented, and then expanding in 1988, to include the bibliographic records of more than 500 ILLINET/OCLC libraries and to serve as the local online public access catalog for all ILCSO libraries. In 1991, a menu-driven interface was added that made the discrete LCS and FBR component of ILLINET Online appear to function as a single system. The ILLINET Online network also provides access to numerous indexing, abstracting, and citation databases through the Illinois Bibliographic Information Service (IBIS), and through gateways to commercial information providers, such as UnCover and Information Access Company.
ILCSO's 45 member institutions include all state-supported universities, five publicly supported community colleges, 25 private colleges and universities, a state-supported high school specializing in mathematics and science, and the Illinois State Library. Three of its members—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale—are among the country's largest university research libraries.
All of the services now supported will be consolidated into a fully integrated, next-generation system using DRA software and services and running on Digital hardware. In addition to existing services, ILCSO users will also be offered functions, such as acquisitions and serials control, that are not available in the current ILLINET Online system. The initial system will be configured to support a minimum of 2,000 simultaneous users. Installation will take place sometime during 1996. The contract for the system is valued at $3.6 million.
The sale is one of three major sales DRA has made in the past few months. The others are a $5.8 million sale to Dallas Public and a $1.2 million sale to Anne Arundel County Public Library of Maryland.
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