The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of 33 academic research libraries located in the central and western United States has selected Relais D2D to facilitate resource sharing among the member libraries. Relais D2D (Discovery to Delivery) is a next-generation software platform from Relais International and Index Data. Patrons from GWLA libraries will search across the member library catalogs simultaneously and request circulating items directly from any partner library.
Relais D2D is a standards based, open system that offers a framework upon which new services and options can be offered to patrons. The MasterKey platform from Index Data is the basis for a fully featured discovery layer for patrons. A ‘live' availability check notifies the patron immediately as to whether the material they want can be supplied from a GWLA library. Should the material not be available, the option to submit a request for processing via traditional ILL is provided.
Joni Blake, Executive Director of GWLA, said "This project is in keeping with GWLA's core values of leveraging our collective strength with innovation and experimentation. We are very excited about the enhanced access to collections and faster service that the Relais D2D platform will bring to the patrons at our member libraries."
Clare MacKeigan, Chief Operating Officer of Relais International, says "We are delighted to be working together with the GWLA members to provide a new resource sharing platform for their end users and staff. As with all of our customers, we are looking forward to a long and close working relationship."
Relais International Inc is based in Ottawa, Canada and has been selling systems to support resource sharing, interlibrary loan and document delivery services since 1996. Relais International (www.relaisintl.com) assists libraries in implementing intelligent and automated methods to support requesting through to 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.
The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of 33 research libraries located in the central and western United States. GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies.