February 8 2001—Innovative Interfaces, a leader in Web-based information technology for libraries, announced that the Denver Public Library, which operates a CARL system, has joined other libraries of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries' INN-Reach system. The Denver Public Library is the first non-Innovative system to participate in an INN-Reach Direct Consortial Borrowing System.
INN-Reach, software developed by Innovative that connects the circulation modules of participating libraries, allows patrons from one library to request and borrow materials belonging to another library. Circulation transactions are communicated directly between the circulation modules of the independent systems.
The Colorado Alliance's system-Prospector-is a unified catalog of fourteen academic, public, and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. Using Innovative's INN-Reach software, patrons have access to over thirteen million books, journals, sound recordings, films, videotapes, and other materials held in these libraries. With a single search, INN-Reach allows patrons to identify and borrow materials from various collections and have them delivered to their location.
The Denver Public Library's collection on Prospector includes 665,000 titles and 2 million holdings. The library's approximately eleven million circulations each year are represented by real-time updates on the Prospector catalog. Moving up from a ranking of no. 14 in 1999 on Hennen's American Public Library Ratings index, the Denver Public Library was ranked no. 1 in November 2000 as the top in the nation for public libraries in cities with a population of at least 500,000.
Rick Ashton, City Librarian of the Denver Public Library, said, "We have been testing shared circulation between our library and a few others within the Alliance for the past six months. On January 8, 2001, we went live with all sites. Our holdings are now available to all libraries on Prospector, and our customers can browse and borrow items from any other library in the Alliance.
"INN-Reach allows us to keep up-to-the-minute with the holdings and circulation status of each of our partner libraries on our central system. Customer-initiated requests have high success and fill rates because of the availability of circulation status information and the automated messaging between the systems."
Sandy Westall, Innovative's Vice President of Resource Sharing Services, said, "Innovative has successfully made direct consortial borrowing work between Innovative libraries, beginning with our development of OhioLINK. We are now pleased to expand the capabilities to non-Innovative libraries. Innovative can provide direct consortial borrowing solutions for all types and sizes of libraries, no matter what their ILS platform."
Regis University, also a CARL site, was the next library to be represented on Prospector. Their library records were loaded onto Prospector and went live shortly after Denver Public Library.