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Connecticut Opts for Open Source Interlibrary Loan

Smart Libraries Newsletter [July 2015]

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Abstract: The State of Connecticut has operated a state-wide resource sharing system called reQuest, which has been powered by SHAREit from Auto-Graphics. This service includes a catalog of 5.8 million titles and 23 million items representing more than 400 public, academic, and school libraries in Connecticut.


The State of Connecticut has operated a state-wide resource sharing system called reQuest, which has been powered by SHAREit from Auto-Graphics. This service includes a catalog of 5.8 million titles and 23 million items representing more than 400 public, academic, and school libraries in Connecticut.

A letter from State Librarian Kendall F. Wiggin dated April 16, 2015 announced that the state would discontinue the current version of request effective June 30, 2015 and will instead develop a new union catalog and interlibrary loan system based on open source software. The new system will be created in partnership with Bibliomation, a consortium of 60 libraries sharing an Evergreen ILS.

This project will be based on FulfILLment, an open source resource sharing product based on Evergreen. The new statewide interlibrary loan service is anticipated to be available in Fall 2015, leaving a gap in service once the current request system is terminated.

FulfILLment was initially created by Equinox Software, contracted by a group of libraries led by OHIONET, which included contributions from the state libraries of Ohio, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina, and Iowa. Equinox released FulfILLment 1.0 in February 2014, satisfying its software development contract. None of the sponsoring libraries has yet opted to make use of the software in production.

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Publication Year:2015
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Smart Libraries Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 35 Number 07
Issue:July 2015
Page(s):5-6
Publisher:ALA TechSource
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
ISSN:1541-8820
Record Number:20826
Last Update:2016-06-13 16:39:07
Date Created:2015-07-02 18:47:05