1. What is SkyRiver and why?
SkyRiver is a full service bibliographic utility that connects libraries with the bibliographic metadata they need to catalog library collections. In a time when libraries are being sorely tested financially, SkyRiver’s goal is to offer highly-functional and cost-effective products and services to help them better serve their user communities.
2. What is SkyRiver’s data use policy?
SkyRiver holds as a guiding principle that bibliographic metadata exist within the public domain. Thus, SkyRiver makes no claims to ownership of any bibliographic metadata and imposes no restrictions on subsequent use of bibliographic metadata that its customers obtain from the SkyRiver database.
3. What is SkyRiver’s pricing structure?
SkyRiver offers annual subscriptions. There are no access fees or itemization, just a flat rate annual fee for unlimited use. SkyRiver does not sell records. Instead, SkyRiver facilitates delivery of bibliographic metadata to libraries.
4. How large is the SkyRiver database and what is in it?
The SkyRiver database represents some 40 million unique titles and is constantly updated. The database includes the full LC MARC files and CONSER files. That is supplemented by public domain metadata from SkyRiver’s customer libraries and hundreds of other contributing libraries.
5. Does SkyRiver work with all integrated library systems?
Yes, since virtually all integrated library systems are capable of importing files of MARC records in batch and/or in record by record mode. SkyRiver enables downloading of data in MARC format, which then can be uploaded to these systems.
6. If we switch from OCLC to SkyRiver for cataloging, what happens to our ILL subscription?
Libraries may continue to use OCLC ILL services.