TRLN has announced that it will contribute financial support to Project ReShare, a community of library consortia, vendors, and service providers committed to an open approach to library resource sharing systems.
Project ReShare is building an open source, community-owned and managed, highly scalable library resource sharing platform and its accompanying software applications. A minimally viable product is expected to be delivered by Fall 2019 and will enable the discovery, management, and fulfillment of unmediated interlibrary loan requests. The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) and Index Data kickstarted construction of the platform with initial investments of funding and developer staff time, respectively. TRLN’s contribution of $6,400 matches the per library contribution previously committed by PALCI, and reflects the consortium’s desire to see alternative options and tools responsive to the strategic needs of the resource sharing community. This monetary contribution will further support the design and development of the platform by covering costs related to Project ReShare’s membership in the Open Library Foundation. The Open Library Foundation provides ReShare with collaborative infrastructure and a home for the project’s intellectual property, which will be made openly available under a permissive Apache 2.0 open source software license.
TRLN Executive Director Lisa Croucher reflects, “TRLN has been involved in ReShare since its inception, having contributed significant staff time and leadership to the project. We are pleased to now be able to make a more tangible commitment in the way of financial support as the project gains momentum. While resource sharing is a priority for most consortia, it is especially important for TRLN, due to the geographic proximity of our members and our long history of collaborative collection development.”
Project ReShare is led by a steering committee of representatives from Duke University Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), Index Data, Ivy Plus Libraries, Knowledge Integration, the Mozilla Foundation, the National Széchényi Library (Hungary), North Carolina State University Libraries, Northwestern University Libraries, the Open Library Foundation, PALCI, TRLN, the University of Chicago Library, the University of Houston, and the University of Pennsylvania.