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 Ohio Libraries Achieve New Heights in Resource Sharing  

OhioLINK and SearchOhio Partnership Greatly Expands Access
to Materials for Mahoning County Library Patrons
 
 

YOUNGSTOWN (November 22, 2011 / For immediate release) – Patrons of the Public Library of Youngstown &  Mahoning County (PLYMC) now have access to over 75 million books and materials, as OhioLINK has been added to the already expansive offerings through SearchOhio available at PLYMC. 

Thanks to the new collaborative program, SearchOhio—a network of 19 public library systems throughout the state, including the Mahoning County public library system—will provide library users with the ability to borrow academic materials from OhioLINK members. 

The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium of 89 Ohio college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. OhioLink expands the offerings by over 61.9 million items (12.8 million titles).  The SearchOhio consortium of public libraries throughout the state offers 13.7 million items (1.9 million titles). PLYMC has over 265,000 titles (841,000 items). 

Innovative Interfaces, whose Millennium catalog is used at PLYMC, reports, “The OhioLINK and SearchOhio consortia have launched a major new initiative that takes their already unprecedented levels of resource-sharing to new heights. The 109 public and academic libraries, representing a combined collection of over 60 million items, have implemented Innovative's new Peer-to-Peer Requesting to bridge their existing INN-Reach systems. Now, a patron from any library can freely request material from both systems.” 

Carlton Sears, PLYMC Library Director, says, “Libraries in Ohio are known nationally for taking leadership in exploring new ways to enhance the services they provide to the citizens of the state. Patrons have come to expect these exceptional levels of service as normal. But what we see in the partnership of OhioLINK and SearchOhio is something that is truly noteworthy.  It’s a collaboration that gives Ohioans a level of access that’s not only simple to use, but truly unprecedented in scope.”

Users of OhioLINK's  libraries will benefit from access to millions of books, plus DVDs, and CDs, available through SearchOhio. "For us, it's a win-win situation," says John Magill, Executive Director of OhioLINK. "We're expanding the reach of OhioLINK's physical resources to a larger number of Ohio's citizens, while at the same time making it easier for our students to find the more popular titles found in a public library. And they'll still be able to pick up their books at their campus library."  

About OhioLINK  

OhioLINK is a consortium of 89 Ohio Colleges and Universities and the State Library of Ohio, working to bring books, articles, electronic resources and digital information to more than 600,000 students, faculty, and staff. Users have access to library items,  electronic journals and  electronic research databases, available 24/7 through their campus libraries or online at www.ohiolink.edu. 

About SearchOhio  

SearchOhio is a rapidly growing group of 19 public libraries from across the state dedicated to maximizing their resources through patron-initiated sharing of material between members. Open to all interested public libraries and powered by Innovative Interfaces' INN-Reach system, SearchOhio makes millions of items directly accessible to their patrons. The SearchOhio portal is available at http://tinyurl.com/cppfs6h or through the catalogs of participating library systems, such as the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. 

About Innovative Interfaces  

Innovative creates cutting-edge products that allow libraries to succeed in a modern technology environment and the freedom to implement solutions that best meet their specific needs. The company’s versatile and market-leading solutions include: the Sierra Services Platform, the Millennium ILS, the Encore Synergy discovery application, Electronic Resource Management, and INN-Reach resource sharing. An established company with a vision for the future, Innovative connects with thousands of libraries of all types in over 50 countries. Innovative’s commitment to service is reflected by its 24/7/365 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world. 

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