We are pleased to announce that the six academic institutions that comprise Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC) have completed contracts to join the Consortium of MnPALS Libraries. CLIC shares a catalog of 2,957,823 records in Ex Libris’ Alma/Primo VE, the same system used by MnPALS. The system migration will begin in March, and the institutions will go live on the MnPALS environment in Summer 2021. As part of this strategic transition, the CLIC consortium will officially dissolve on August 31, 2021.
“Considering the changes in higher education that have and will take place, CLIC member libraries have decided that now is the right time to join a larger network of libraries: the MnPALS Consortium. A move to the MnPALS Consortium, which shares similar goals, provides an opportunity for continued excellent, collaborative, and cost-efficient service. Together, we benefit our communities by sharing collections, resources, and technology.” – Ruth McGuire, CLIC Board President and Director of Library Services, University of Northwestern-St. Paul.
Founded in 1969, CLIC has worked throughout its history to enhance the strengths of its member libraries through a shared catalog and collections, an inter-campus courier, and cooperative approaches to provision of services and professional development. Over the years an effective balance of independence and interdependence has been a catalyst for technical exploration and innovation, excellent service to students and faculty, and the enrichment of well-trained and highly collaborative staffs.
Since 1979, the PALS Office has supported the Consortium of MnPALS Libraries’ use of a variety of software platforms, currently Alma/Primo VE, EZproxy, SubjectsPlus, and Islandora. “The PALS team and the members of MnPALS are excited to welcome CLIC to the consortium and look forward to working together. The CLIC libraries have a reputation for collaboration that will bring tremendous value to MnPALS.” – Johnna Horton, Executive Director of PALS.