Westmont, IL –Nineteen libraries in the Cook, DuPage, and Kane county area will be joining the Illinois library consortium, System Wide Automated Network, commonly referred to as SWAN Library Services. These libraries are currently part of two existing library consortia, Library Integrated Network Consortium and Multitype Automation Group in Cooperation and will migrate into SWAN's current 78-member library consortium on May 1, 2018.
All three consortia run the same Integrated Library System provided by SirsiDynix, a library management technology company. Services, staff work flow processing, cataloging practice, and the patron experience of searching the catalog are a close match and provided the synergy to make this migration possible. Shared geography helped shape the growing consortium.
The largest benefit of this migration is for the patrons of the combined 97 libraries who will be able to place holds and check out library materials from the full membership of libraries. This effort is supplemented by Reaching Across Illinois Library System, which offers the delivery of materials throughout the system and provides resource sharing across the membership.
Growing by the numbers:
- Libraries Served: from 78 to 97
- Population Served (Patrons served by public libraries in the consortium): Current SWAN (1,436,829) + LINC (222,104) + MAGIC (128,346) = 1,787,279
- Library Items in the Catalog: Current SWAN (7,924,458) + LINC (1,187,200) + MAGIC (730,941) = 9,842,599
- Annual Circulation: Current SWAN (13,456,399) + LINC (4,350,000) + MAGIC (1,532,926) = 19,339,325
Post-migration, the SWAN consortium will have a combined catalog of nearly 10 million items, serving a population of 1.8 million patrons. And, annual circulation is expected to top 20 million.
SWAN is a Local Library System Automation Program and has been serving Illinois libraries since 1974. By consolidating services and collaborating together, the SWAN membership is able to promote:
- A shared online public access catalog with more than 8 million items available to patrons
- Centralized cataloging and software services that save library staff valuable time and money
- A unique collection of materials from public, college, and special libraries across Illinois
- 24/7 support to library staff – including IT, consulting, training, documentation, and tutorials
- Networking opportunities and knowledge/resource-sharing among the 2,000+ member library staff, as well as professional memberships to OCLC, COSUGI, and more
- Library accessibility through account notifications: patrons can receive a variety of alerts like email or SMS/text message notifications, in a variety of languages (English, Spanish, Polish, and more)
SWAN is a Local Library System Automation Program, and while you may not have heard of an LLSAP before, you've likely benefited from their services. Just like libraries, SWAN values sharing resources and continued learning. And just like libraries, SWAN is here to serve our community. Learn more at https://www.swanlibraries.net/.
Library Integrated Network Consortium (LINC) was established in April, 1992 in order to provide a reliable online public access catalog and circulation system to patrons at the member public libraries.
Multitype Automation Group in Cooperation (MAGIC) is a consortium of libraries, established in 1991, using a shared library automation system. MAGIC members include public, school, and special type libraries.
RAILS provides delivery service to support Illinois' vast interlibrary loan program and technology support for more than 600 libraries' shared online catalogs. RAILS serves approximately 1,300 private, public, school, and university library members, which have a total of more than 4,200 library facilities in a 27,000 square mile area. Learn more at https://www.railslibraries.info/.
SirsiDynix connects people with knowledge at more than 23,000 libraries around the world. Through library management technology and search and discovery tools, libraries using SirsiDynix technology bring relevant resources and the power of knowledge to their users and communities. SirsiDynix technology is architected to be open, scalable, and robust, offering a complete out-of-the-box solution and unparalleled flexibility through APIs and web services. Complemented by the most experienced training, consulting, and support staff in the industry, SirsiDynix helps libraries create tomorrow's libraries, today. To find out more, visit www.sirsidynix.com.