Ipswich, MA -- February 21, 2023. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has officially joined Project ReShare to provide financial contributions and expertise to the ReShare Community. The ReShare Community is drawn from libraries, consortia, information organizations and developers. The ReShare Project is building a user-centered, app-based, community-owned resource sharing platform for libraries.
EBSCO's application for membership, was driven by three aims: to develop the features and functionality of the ReShare platform reflecting the needs of consortia globally, to resource additional expert input from Knowledge Integration being applied to that development, and to expand the pool of vendors contributing to ReShare.
ReShare Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Adam Murray, says that EBSCO's participation in Project ReShare brings additional expertise and a new level of commitment to the project's development. "EBSCO has extensive experience and knowledge working and collaborating on open source projects with the library community of developers, consortia, libraries and vendors. EBSCO joining expands the number of vendors capable of sustaining ReShare, while leveraging the expertise of Knowledge Integration in driving ReShare forward as an innovative resource sharing software."
EBSCO Information Services Director of Product Management and representative for EBSCO on the ReShare steering committee, Mark Allcock says that partnerships with community-driven open source projects like Project ReShare are essential to the success of libraries. "In our conversations with ReShare, our joint goals were clear: to ensure continued sustainability and synergy of open source library technologies through financial contribution, and to give libraries a broader choice of vendors, as we have with FOLIO."
Ian Ibbotson, co-Founder and Director of Knowledge Integration says, "Knowledge Integration is keen to extend its foundational work to ReShare and work with EBSCO, as part of the ReShare Community, to meet the needs of consortia globally."
EBSCO has a long-standing commitment to supporting open source projects, including its involvement as an original founder and architect of the FOLIO project. EBSCO continues to provide financial support and expertise to the development, project management, marketing and communications of FOLIO, while also maintaining support of other open source projects like Kuali OLE, Koha, BlackLight, VUFind, Samvera, SWORD, and Evergreen.
About Knowledge Integration
Knowledge Integration is a leading developer of innovative software solutions in the Galleries, Libraries, Museums and Archives space. Knowledge Integration works by blending a deep understanding of current trends in systems engineering with a user led approach, an agile setting and an active interest in the GLAM domain. The company's core values are commitment, collaboration and trust. Knowledge Integration's specialty within the GLAM sector is working with systems that enable interoperability between vendors, silos, systems and processes. Find more information at https://www.k-int.com.
About Project ReShare
The ReShare Community is a group of libraries, consortia, information organizations, and developers, with both commercial and non-commercial interests, who came together in 2018 to create Project ReShare – an open approach to library resource sharing systems. The ReShare Community has a bold vision for building a user-centered, app-based, community-owned resource sharing platform for libraries. ReShare members aim to set a new standard for connecting library patrons to the resources and information they seek.
About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. From research, acquisition management, subscription services and discovery to clinical decision support and patient care, learning, and research and development, EBSCO provides institutions with access to content and resources to serve the information and workflow needs of their users and organizations. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com.