May 6, 2010 -- Emeryville, CA. The Minuteman Library Network (MLN)in Massachusetts has implemented SkyRiver as its cataloging services utility. With 42 member libraries, Minuteman is the first large library consortium to go into full production with SkyRiver.
Minuteman's centralized cataloging operation, with a high volume throughput of over 70,000 items per year and turnaround commitment to its members of 28 days, put SkyRiver to the test.
Minuteman's Head of Bibliographic Services, Amy Hart, notes, "SkyRiver represented a challenge to the staff who had streamlined their workflows over several years. They were not shy about their apprehensiveness regarding a smaller database - the hit rate had to compare favorably. After gathering and analyzing throughput and hit rate statistics over the test period, it emerged that SkyRiver met the high standards we had set. In addition, the staff submitted enhancement requests, which were acted on and delivered in a timely manner."
Executive Director, Susan McAlister, states, "As a member-driven organization, this was an exceedingly important decision which needed careful deliberation. Our charge is to provide efficient services to our members and to do this at the lowest possible cost. SkyRiver demonstrated that we could achieve both objectives, so we are doing this with our members' support."
About the Minuteman Library Network:
The Minuteman Library Network (MLN) is a consortium of 42 libraries with 61 locations and a central site staff that work collectively to provide excellent service to its library users. The members include 35 public and 7 college libraries in the Metrowest region of Massachusetts. The vision of MLN is to foster a strong community of libraries providing people with optimal access to resources and information. This vision is realized through the Network's mission to strengthen member libraries through innovative and economical technologies, efficient resource sharing, collaboration and shared expertise.
SkyRiver (www.theskyriver.com) announced its new bibliographic utility service in October 2009. SkyRiver is dedicated to the development and deployment of efficient, economical cataloging services for libraries.