Fretwell-Downing Inc. (FD Inc.) has announced that Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) has selected VDX, an interlending and resources sharing solution, as the system to deliver a new level of resource sharing statewide.
OPLIN is the technology segment of Ohio’s statewide resource sharing project that is lead by the state library of Ohio designed to encourage development of library services for all types of Ohio’s residents. OPLIN’s underlying motivation is to ensure that all citizens have equal access to information, regardless of location or format.
The state library of Ohio approached FD Inc. to lead the project and ensure that OPLIN will deliver information quickly and efficiently to Ohio’s information consumers - where and when they want it. The project will involve the integration of a variety of catalog and circulation systems that are currently being used across the state of Ohio. At present there are over twenty different integrated library systems, a dozen shared catalogs running in various regional consortia statewide and many of Ohio’s K-12 schools are in the process of becoming automated.
Comenting on the project, Carol Lynn Roddy, executive director at OPLIN adds: "The vision behind this project is a state where a citizen can search the catalogs of all or any libraries in the state, identify the desired library materials, and request the items with a few key strokes. The material will then appear at the requester’s library within 24 hours and has been achieved with the least intervention possible by the library staff."
OPLIN chose both FD Inc’s Virtual Document Exchange (VDX) and its fielded free-text indexing solution (Z’mbol) to help achieve this goal. For the vision to be fulfilled, and for the system to be able to be supported over time, upgraded as needed, and able to meet both current and evolving future needs, it is critical that its based from the beginning on commitment to national standards. It was FD Inc.’s proven commitment to standards-based interoperability together with their open flexible approach that impressed the state library.
Roddy adds; "We sit in an enviable position - to be information providers at the dawn of the Information Age. Ohio’s information consumers are blessed with libraries that are committed to be key contributors to this new age, and the vision to reinvent what we do to meet whatever challenges we encounter."
FD Inc. is now working together with OPLIN to build for the future. They see a future of not just patron-initiated reserves of traditional library material but also a true library without walls, in which our patrons can get what they need on demand. In the long term FD Inc. and OPLIN will provide the 11 plus million citizens of Ohio with electronic books, real time reference services, in addition to the books, AV and database articles that are available now.
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).
Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)
Ohio’s statewide resource sharing project is a project of the State Library of Ohio, and is a part of its efforts to encourage development of library services of all types for Ohio’s residents. The technology portion of the project will be managed by the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN).
OPLIN funded by the Ohio General Assembly, offers Ohio residents fast, free access to the Internet and to subscription databases through Ohio’s local public libraries. The overriding rationale for OPLIN is to ensure that all citizens have equal access to information, regardless of location or format. OPLIN believes that equity of access to information for all must include access to the diverse resources of Ohio’s public libraries; access to federal, state, and regional information resources; and access to electronic information resources. As part of that mission, OPLIN strives to facilitate the broadest possible sharing of resources (including books, audio visual materials, and other items that circulate) among Ohio’s public libraries. Since 1996, OPLIN has brought nearly universal Web access to Ohio at nearly 700 sites in all 88 counties.