Fretwell-Downing Inc. (FD Inc.) has announced that The Colorado State Library has selected VDX as the system to deliver a new level of resource sharing in the state. VDX met all the requirements outlined by Colorado for their statewide resource sharing system, which will provide interlending support for school, public, academic, and special libraries throughout the state.
VDX is an interlending and resource sharing solution with a worldwide user base that includes South Eastern New York Library Resources Council (SENYLRC), National Libraries of Australia and New Zealand and the University of Toronto.
The Colorado State Library works with all types of libraries, with many of its member libraries located in rural areas. VDX will deliver electronic, ISO ILL compliance to resource sharing procedures between all partners in this statewide initiative. Using VDX, smaller libraries in remote areas will be able to easily share resources among themselves, and to take better advantage of the materials located in their geographic area, as well as to transfer requests more easily to the large libraries in the more heavily populated areas of the state.
The Colorado State Library predicts service efficiency gains following the implementation of VDX, specifically from the service profiles for library groups, automatic routing of requests and load-leveling tools. VDX's patron-initiated requesting will provide citizens of the state with improved levels of service by providing web access to online requesting direct from their library, home, school or office.
Brenda Bailey, Director, Networking and Resource Sharing at Colorado State Library acknowledges selecting a system has taken time, " Colorado did a feasibility study on patron initiated interlibrary loan in 1997. At the time, the conclusion was that no software existed that could provide the level of sophistication we sought, so we tabled the project temporarily. Then VDX became available. The software might have been written exactly for our situation in Colorado. It was designed specifically for a virtual union catalog in a distributed environment, and fits perfectly with our model."
Bailey summarizes the philosophy behind their new resource sharing operation, "VDX will ensure that the people of Colorado are provided with the information they want, when and where they want it."
FD Inc is part of the Fretwell-Downing Group, which has a long history of supporting resource-sharing projects in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. This experience has resulted in a suite of well-designed solutions for interlending, resource sharing, data-mining and virtual union catalogs. The company has a strong software development team staff and a commitment to interoperability and open standards such as NISO Z39.50, ISO ILL and the emerging NCIP standard (NISO Z39.82).
The Colorado State Library is part of the Colorado Department of Education. It supports quality library service by public, academic, school and special libraries to further educational achievement and equal access to information for all state residents.