June 7, 2012 -- Emeryville, CA. SkyRiver announced today an expansion of the SkyRiver database through a new partnership with Multicultural Books and Videos, Inc. Multicultural is a major library supplier of foreign language materials--particularly titles in non-Roman languages. One of Multicultural's highly acclaimed services is the provision of MARC records with its shipments and, as part of the partnership agreement, Multicultural will directly input MARC metadata into the database using the SkyRiver cataloging client.
Bella Rowan, MLIS, Manager of Public Relations and Marketing at Multicultural, says, "Working with the folks at SkyRiver has been a pleasure. We're happy that our mutual customers now are able to access MARC records immediately after we catalog them. " Georgia Fujikawa, SkyRiver's VP for Operations notes that "with so many libraries building collections for their diverse communities, it is especially important for us to be able to provide high quality MARC records for materials in many languages. And since SkyRiver is Unicode-based, the database delivers and maintains the integrity of the Unicode character set for non-Roman languages such as Punjabi and Gujarati, which present problems for other bibliographic utilities."
The SkyRiver database now exceeds 40 million records, more than double its original size, including an increasingly high proportion of newly published foreign language titles.
About Multicultural Books and Video Inc.
Multicultural Books and Videos (www.multiculturalbooksandvideos.com) is a world languages materials vendor for libraries across North America that offers a complete package of collection development services from materials selection to cataloging to shelf-ready processing.
SkyRiver (www.theskyriver.com) is a bibliographic utility dedicated to the development and deployment of efficient, economical cataloging services for libraries.