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The I-Share integrated library system serves as the online public catalog for 89 CARLI member libraries. I-Share provides participating libraries with an online catalog of their own collection as well as a merged, union catalog of the holdings of all I-Share libraries and supports resource sharing among participating libraries. I-Share also supports library collection management functions including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials control, course reserves and reporting. I-Share runs on the Alma and Primo VE platform from Ex Libris Group.

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CARLI Digital Collections is a repository for digital content created by member libraries, or purchased by CARLI for use by its members. CARLI Digital collections provides access to myriad special collections, containing 2.6 TB of data including images, printed and manuscript materials, sound recordings, and the Saskia Art Image and Sanborn Maps of Illinois collections.

By combining digital collections from many CARLI member institutions into a seamless environment, faculty, staff, students, and the public are able to search across institutions and collections, integrating previously disparate and possibly remote special collections.

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SFX is a link resolver, from the company Ex Libris, that, figuratively speaking, sits between a “source,” where a user begins the search process, and a “target,” where the user goes next. The “source” might be an abstracting and indexing database, an A-Z list of journal titles, an OPAC, or a footnote in an electronic full text article. If the source system can build a standards-compliant OpenURL containing metadata (typically bibliographic citation information) about the “object” the user is interested in, then a link resolver like SFX can generate a list (or menu) of relevant targets. Targets might be the electronic full text of the cited article (perhaps available from a provider other than the source where the user found the citation), or a document delivery request form, or a web-based service that will automatically reformat a bibliographic citation according to a specified style manual, suitable for pasting into the user’s bibliography.

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The CARLI E-Resources program provides a wide array of electronic resources and services that make it possible for member libraries to expand and enhance their collections in a more efficient and affordable manner.

The program provides complimentary access to core electronic resources for the benefit of all members. In addition, CARLI contracts with commercial database providers to supply members with discounted pricing for a broad range of indexing, abstracting, and full text databases to support their individual curricular and research needs. Member libraries pay the cost of resources brokered through CARLI, but the consortium assumes the cost negotiating and managing licenses, coordinating selections and centralized billing.

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CARLI works to meet the diverse information needs of faculty, students and other library patrons in Illinois by encouraging cooperative library activity in order to make the best use of all available resources.

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The Illinois Library Delivery Service (ILDS) provides 24-hour point-to-point courier service between 142 locations throughout the state of Illinois Mondays through Fridays.

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CARLI works to meet the diverse information need of faculty, students and other library patrons in Illinois by encouraging cooperative library activity in order the make the best use of all available resources.

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CARLI has purchased OpenAthens from EBSCO for Governing Member libraries through June 30, 2023 to assist libraries in establishing single sign-on service for Alma, Primo VE and electronic resources. There will be no charges assessed to members using Open Athens until after this initial three-year period. 

I-Share libraries are not required to use OpenAthens if they have another service in place that can manage their Alma and Primo VE signons.

Please review the resources linked from this page as you make your decision on whether to implement OpenAthens of not. 

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CARLI is committed to helping it members continuing education in a variety of ways.

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