OCLC and LYRASIS develop new partnership program

OCLC, the world’s largest library cooperative, and LYRASIS, the largest regional library membership organization in the United States, have signed a new partnership agreement that will provide increased consulting, education and engagement programs for WorldCat and new cooperative Web-scale library management services. The new partnership will also streamline administrative services that will provide increased efficiencies and cost savings for member libraries.

LYRASIS, created by the merger of SOLINET, PALINET and NELINET, has had a strong, 35-year relationship with OCLC to provide cooperative service, support and advocacy for libraries and consortia. The new partnership program, which goes into effect July 1, builds on this foundation to provide member libraries with the next generation of cooperative library services and consulting.

LYRASIS defined a new strategic direction in 2010 to deliver services that help transform libraries, and enhance content, operations and technologies to meet the needs of tomorrow’s library users. In support of this strategy, LYRASIS will partner with OCLC and its members to explore next generation bibliographic and resource sharing standards and services. OCLC and LYRASIS will begin providing programs to support these services in late summer.

At the American Library Association annual conference this week, OCLC announced the availability of Web-scale library management services for early adopter libraries. The new partnership between OCLC and LYRASIS will enable both organizations to better focus on providing libraries with consulting, education and engagement programs. This collaboration will help libraries more effectively deploy the cooperative Web-scale services that move back office operations online, thereby lowering the total cost of ownership for library management services and enhancing the user experience.

OCLC and LYRASIS have jointly created strong administrative practices for ordering, billing, training and support. As technology and new collaboration tools have evolved, OCLC has worked with LYRASIS and other Regional Network Partners to reduce administrative costs while delivering additional online services for members. This partnership includes additional administrative cost reductions for members, and new programs scheduled to rollout in 2011.

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