May 17, 2021
Minitex is a state-funded library organization based at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities that provides resource sharing and delivery to libraries of all types in Minnesota – school media centers, public and academic libraries, state agency and health science libraries.
Gerri Moeller, Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Delivery, explained the Minitex process for evaluating ReShare and deciding to apply for membership. “For the past few months, we have been meeting with representatives from Project ReShare, reviewing the documentation, discussing our needs for a future resource sharing system, and viewing demonstrations of the current state of the project,” Moeller said. “We’re really intrigued with the possibilities, and excited to become a member of this project.”
The Minitex MNLINK service allows any patron in the state to search a Minnesota instance of WorldCat, or extend that service out to the full WorldCat catalog, then directly place an unmediated request. Items from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities are filled, free of charge, by Minitex staff for any resident of the state. In 2020, Minitex delivered 732,000 items, referred almost 400,000 requests, and facilitated over 250,000 direct patron requests. Minitex provides many other services to libraries and cultural heritage institutions in Minnesota, including a robust statewide database, an online reference service, a statewide ebook collection, cooperative purchasing services, a statewide historical digitized collection, and a high-density storage facility. The organization is just wrapping up its four-year involvement in a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to work with SimplyE.
Among the Minitex contributions to Project ReShare are three years of financial support, participation on Project ReShare committees and teams, and staff expertise, especially in integration and deployment of SimplyE.
The Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) serves approximately 160,000 residents in the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan and other parts of Washtenaw County. Its five locations are staffed by about 200 employees, including eight staff members in the information technology department.
AADL has a long-standing commitment to information technology and open source software. It administers its own Evergreen instance and a “homegrown” catalog and integration built on Drupal and Elasticsearch. “AADL is deeply committed to open source and collaboratively developed software,” noted Eli Neiburger, Deputy Director of AADL. “We’re interested in open source alternatives to our current patron-initiated interload system. We want to support efforts to develop an open platform.”
AADL will be providing three years of financial support to the project.
The ReShare Community is a group of libraries, consortia, information organizations and developers, with both commercial and non-commercial interests, who came together in 2018 to create Project ReShare – a new and open approach to library resource sharing. The ReShare Community has a bold vision for building a user-centered, app-based, community-owned resource sharing platform for libraries to set a new standard for how we connect library patrons to the resources and information they require.
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