Emeryville, CA and Atlanta, GA—LYRASIS, the nation's largest regional membership organization for libraries and information professionals, and SkyRiver, a new bibliographic utility that connects libraries with bibliographic metadata, have signed an agreement enabling LYRASIS to market, sell, and provide training for SkyRiver cataloging services to LYRASIS members throughout the U.S.
By joining forces with SkyRiver, a low-cost, yet high-quality option for cataloging, LYRASIS continues its commitment to the success of libraries by providing innovative content, technology, and operational solutions. This partnership is important and timely as libraries continue to face declining budgets while library usage simultaneously increases. The agreement gives libraries unlimited access to MARC records with an affordable annual subscription fee and no additional usage fees.
"We work together with our library members to deliver the products and solutions they need to continue to provide vital services in this challenging environment," says Kate Nevins, CEO of LYRASIS. "Through partnership with SkyRiver, we are able to offer our diverse membership a cataloging alternative that saves them both time and money."
Since SkyRiver services fit easily into libraries of all sizes and types, the synergy resulting from this partnership will allow LYRASIS members to quickly and easily reap the benefit of SkyRiver's low-cost services. Leslie Straus, President of SkyRiver, says, "The wide-ranging LYRASIS membership base fits nicely with SkyRiver's capabilities in product development and support. We're excited about this partnership."
Created in April 2009 by the merger of PALINET and SOLINET, and joined shortly thereafter by NELINET, LYRASIS is the nation's largest regional membership organization serving libraries and information professionals - fostering collaboration and cooperation among members and facilitating their success through networking and programming, innovative solutions, and significant cost savings through group purchasing of products and services. For more information, please visit www.lyrasis.org.
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.