March 26, 2014 -- Emeryville, CA. MOBIUS and Prospector, the state-wide library consortia in Missouri and Colorado, have signed an agreement to enable library users in those states to borrow materials from member libraries of both systems. MOBIUS and Prospector use Innovative's INN-Reach consortial borrowing system to power their resource sharing.
The new agreement, signed in early 2014 for launch later this year, establishes a peer-to-peer relationship between the two systems. Users will be able to quickly and easily expand their searches and materials requests to libraries in the neighboring state. MOBIUS and Prospector have coordinated courier services for transportation of materials to meet user requests between the states.
"We are very excited to be partnering with Prospector," says Donna Bacon, Executive Director of MOBIUS. "With a click of a mouse our users will have access to twice as many materials as before. Resource sharing between our two consortia will enable our libraries to save even more money by allowing users to search and request from an even larger set of resources. The more our combined members use this new service and the less they rely on traditional ILL, the more money they will save. Quite frankly, it's a no-brainer. We are looking forward to even more collaboration with Prospector in the future."
George Machovec, Executive Director of Prospector, says "We are excited that the MOBIUS/Prospector partnership will provide patrons with greater access to materials in a multi-state region. This system builds on the commitment of libraries to provide the very best materials to their patrons coupled with fast discovery and delivery."
"This agreement is groundbreaking because it's the first time that INN-Reach's powerful resource sharing will be available to users across two entire, geographically large states," says Steven Nielsen, Innovative's Vice President of Strategic Accounts. "We are thrilled to work together with MOBIUS and Prospector to provide this exciting new service to their library users."
Prospector is a service of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries and has been in operation since 1999. It currently supports over 40 academic and public libraries throughout Colorado and Wyoming. The system offers over 12.5 million unique titles (over 30 million copies) and is the largest patron initiated discovery and requesting service in the Rocky Mountain region. The Alliance was founded in 1981 and serves the research libraries in Colorado and Wyoming.
Since its founding in July 1998, MOBIUS has transformed library services for the citizens of Missouri. The consortium's purpose is to share library materials, information, and services using accessible, cost effective methods. Today, the MOBIUS Union Catalog has expanded to include more than 25 million items, serving over 1.5 million people from the higher education community and the state of Missouri.
MOBIUS has 70 members, which include 61 academic libraries, four public libraries, two special libraries, the Missouri State Library, and two Associate Members, serving a total of 143 physical branches. MOBIUS manages INN-Reach, a union catalog and resource sharing tool from Innovative, as well as their Sierra library services platform for member libraries.
Innovative (www.iii.com) is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers the broadest and most complete portfolio of library automation products on the market today. Innovative's flagship library services platform, Sierra, is the most rapidly adopted product in library automation history. The company's versatile and market-leading solutions also include the Millennium ILS, the Encore discovery solution, Electronic Resource Management, Decision Center collection management tool, the SkyRiver cataloging service, and INN-Reach resource sharing. Customers are supported through a 24/7/52 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. A recognized leader in library automation software, Innovative has introduced technological advancements for over 35 years. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in over 50 countries and has offices around the world. Keep up with Innovative on the CEO INN-Sights blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.