Emeryville, CA. October 6, 2009. SkyRiver today publicly announces the launch of its new bibliographic utility service. Already in use in both public and academic libraries, SkyRiver provides a clear, low-cost alternative for cooperative cataloging.
SkyRiver connects libraries with bibliographic metadata by dropping barriers and offering unlimited access to the SkyRiver database, unlimited record requesting, unlimited user licenses and data transfer. Best yet, SkyRiver's development partners are projecting significant savings compared to their current spending for similar cataloging services.
The ability to dramatically reduce cataloging expenses, especially at a time when libraries are acquiring fewer items that require cataloging, is critical in today's difficult economic landscape. According to Leslie Straus, SkyRiver's President, "This is an exciting venture that enhances library workflows while addressing the budget challenges libraries now face."
At its initial launch, SkyRiver provides access to millions of records from a variety of public domain sources including the Library of Congress, the British Library, CONSER, and others. The service includes an easy-to-use, intuitive cataloging client for searching, editing, and adding records to the library's local catalog. Features include a powerful search engine with facets and tags, automatic record request notification, one-click downloading of bibliographic and authority file records, and shelf-ready support, including spine labels. SkyRiver is right for all types of libraries and integrates with any local library system.
SkyRiver is now conducting customer acceptance testing with its lead development partners and plans to be in full production mode by January, 2010.