The PALCI Board of Directors unanimously approved up to $100,000 in funding to Project ReShare – a new open-source, community-owned resource sharing solution.
This course of action was unanimously recommended by the PALCI Future of Resource Delivery Working Group (R&D), for PALCI Libraries to proceed with Project ReShare as our resource sharing software supporting the next generation of the E-ZBorrow Service with piloting and testing beginning in Fall 2019.
ReShare is community of consortia, libraries, vendors, software developers, service providers, and related organizations collaborating in support of a shared vision for a highly scalable library resource sharing platform and its accompanying interoperable software applications for 1) discovery, 2) management, and 3) fulfillment of unmediated interlibrary loan requests.
We are excited about Project ReShare’s open-ended, user first, modular design. Index Data, the project’s lead developer and peer member of the ReShare Community, has begun work on the core code with the system’s functional requirements heavily influenced by PALCI R&D’s work. We are also excited about working with an open-source community-owned option. This will allow libraries, consortia, developers, and vendors to leverage our strengths and collaborate in ways current arrangements do not allow.