October 19, 2009
Two well-established academic libraries, Michigan State University and California State University, Long Beach are the first libraries to publicly announce that they are fully operational using SkyRiver as their exclusive cataloging service. Both libraries are looking to SkyRiver to substantially reduce the costs associated with cataloging.
Michigan State University is SkyRiver’s first ARL development partner. Cliff Haka, Director of Libraries at MSU states, “I have been concerned for some time that a viable alternative bibliographic utility is necessary to encourage a more responsive marketplace as well as lower prices. This is why we have worked as a development partner on SkyRiver, which offers streamlined processing at lower prices. I view this not simply as a plus for the MSU Libraries, but as an opportunity for all libraries, so many of which are under extreme financial duress, to cope with financial challenges or reallocate funds to other priorities.”
For Cal State Long Beach, saving money was equally important as its willingness to pioneer a more competitive landscape for bibliographic services. Roman Kochan, Dean of Library Services at Cal State Long Beach, states, “A company like SkyRiver is long overdue. I’m pleased to be part of the vanguard of libraries that believe there should be a choice of full-service bibliographic utilities.”
As important as cost savings are, SkyRiver is delivering on its ease-of-use claims which calm the concerns of cataloging staff looking to switch services. Nancy Fleck, Associate Director of Technical Services and Systems at Michigan State, says, “SkyRiver has been easy to implement, easy to use, and our staff embraced it from the day it was introduced.”
At its initial launch, SkyRiver provides access to millions of bibliographic records. The service includes an easy-to-use, intuitive cataloging client for searching, editing, and adding records to the library’s local catalog. Features include a powerful search engine with facets and tags, automatic record request notification, one-click downloading of bibliographic and authority file records, and shelf-ready support, including spine labels. SkyRiver is right for all types of libraries and integrates with any local library system.
SkyRiver is now conducting customer acceptance testing with its lead development partners and plans to be in full production mode in January, 2010.
About Michigan State University Libraries
Michigan State University Libraries (http://www2.lib.msu.edu/) consist of the Main Library and five branch libraries that support over 200 programs of study and seventeen degree-granting colleges. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Libraries have a collection approaching 5 million volumes and some 50,000 titles are cataloged annually.
About California State University Long Beach
The University Library at California State University, Long Beach (http://www.csulb.edu/library/) holds over 1.5 million volumes. Approximately 12,000 items are processed annually by a technical services staff of ten. The Library provides support for over 100 programs and serves a student population of over 30,000.