May 23, 2006. The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the University of Northern British Columbia have selected Relais Enterprise and Relais ILL as the products to automate their ILL and Document Delivery operations.
Some of these libraries will continue to use the GODOT software for user-initiated requesting and follow-up. GODOT is a Simon Fraser University Library developed, open source webbased software package which enables library patrons to view the library's holdings for that item, whether in electronic format or in print, as well as other library's holdings. This is combined with the ability to request documents not in the local collection via Interlibrary Loan.
"We are delighted that these four respected institutions have selected Relais International as their ILL & Document Delivery system vendor" says Clare MacKeigan, General Manager of Relais International.
The four institutions are in the process of implementing their respective Relais systems. UBC, SFU, and UVIC have selected the Relais Enterprise system, and UNBC selected the Relais ILL system for smaller libraries. All expect to have their new Relais systems live by the summer 2006.
"West Coast university libraries have worked together on so many initiatives, and the joint selection and implementation of Relais, a system designed to support resource sharing, is such an appropriate example of this tradition," states Brian Owen, Associate University Librarian at SFU Library.
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.