Three library consortia have converted their cataloging operations to SkyRiver: the Suffolk Cooperative in New York, The Library Network (TLN) in Michigan and Lakeshores Library System in Wisconsin. In total, these consortia serve 146 libraries.
"SkyRiver has allowed us to streamline our workflows" says Ruth Westfall, Suffolk Cooperative's Administrator of Technology Services. "We realized that there were routines that existed to accommodate OCLC that no longer were necessary. It definitely was time for a change and the savings for us were great as well."
Jim Pletz, Executive Director of TLN, says "the implementation of SkyRiver has gone very well, happening as it did immediately after a major relocation of all of our operations. In addition, SkyRiver has addressed our special needs for receiving bibliographic data from our members." With SkyRiver TLN's members can do their pre-cataloging searches and then transmit their search results to TLN's central cataloging staff in an integrated manner.
Lakeshores Library System, the time between deciding to move to SkyRiver and bringing in the service was very compressed. "Within 3 weeks of deciding to go to SkyRiver we were up and running," says Kristen Hewitt, Lakeshore's Administrator. "This move helps us in several ways – the staff can work more efficiently and, best of all, we're realizing significant savings."
Founded in 1961, the Suffolk Cooperative Library System is an association of autonomous libraries and serves a population of over 1.4 million.
The Library Network, created in 1978, is the largest library cooperative in Michigan, serving 2.4 million residents.
The Lakeshores Library System, established in 1983, serves Wisconsin's Racine and Walworth Counties and their population of over 300,000.