Find More Illinois aims to expand resource sharing and facilitate interlibrary loan by providing a single discovery interface that draws from the online catalogs of participating libraries. RAILS has been researching this project since 2013 and initially called it an overlay project to emphasize that the goal is to expand resource sharing by connecting, not replacing, existing integrated library systems.
Current Status and Timeline
SHAREit software from Auto-Graphics has been selected, and contract negotiations are complete. On January 26, 2018, the RAILS Board approved moving forward with the pilot project.
The pilot project is beginning in early 2018 with 21 libraries from I-Share, PrairieCat, and Rock River Library Consortium. Other libraries will be able to join when the project is expanded, which may be as soon as fall 2018.
Find More Illinois will enable
- Seamless discovery and delivery for patrons: click it, find it, get it
- Fast and easy to use from anywhere
- No need to re-enter searches
- Better interlibrary loan service, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for libraries
- Self-service for patrons reluctant to ask for interlibrary loan help
- Reduction in staff time and effort
- Lower‐cost alternative to OCLC for libraries that want one
- Support for reciprocal borrowing service
SHAREit also includes the ability for cataloging staff to search and download bibliographic (MARC) records and for nonautomated libraries to participate in resource sharing by attaching their holdings to the appropriate bibliographic records in the union catalog.
Anyone will be able to search the Find More Illinois union catalog, but only patrons and staff of participating libraries will be able to place interlibrary loan requests.
After the pilot, participation will be open to any interested library of any type—academic, public, school, or special. Participation will be voluntary, not required.
Pilot libraries will not be charged through February 2019, as they will be contributing staff time for the feedback and reporting needed for the pilot.
Various pricing models for the expanded project will be explored during the pilot period. The price structure may be scaled, based on one or more factors, to make participation affordable for as many libraries as possible.