Resource sharing functionality for consortial borrowing of print items and a developing service providing digital access to print and electronic resources held in academic library collections around South Carolina
In 2020, fifty-five PASCAL libraries successfully migrated to a shared library services platform, replacing a variety of older systems with the Ex Libris Alma system and Primo VE discovery solution. The shared platform provides participating libraries with an online discovery interface for their own collections and a shared union catalog of the holdings of all PASCAL Connects libraries. The shared Alma and Primo VE platform supports resource sharing among participating libraries as well as library collection management functions including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials control, course reserves and analytics. This statewide, next generation platform expands collaborative efforts among PASCAL libraries and supports key elements of PASCAL’s strategic agenda.
Funding for PASCAL Connects has been provided by the South Carolina General Assembly and member libraries. The shared platform provides cost savings for PASCAL and all member libraries.
PASCAL staff support all institutions in the use of the systems. Given the variation in the institutions and level of in-house expertise, PASCAL developed a tiered support structure. PASCAL provides full systems support for fifteen member libraries and moderate to limited support for an additional twenty-four member libraries. Fourteen libraries primarily manage their own systems, with PASCAL staff providing consultation as needed.
OpenAthens is an authentication and access management platform that enables seamless, secure access to library databases and resources anytime, anywhere via single sign-on (SSO). PASCAL procured OpenAthens for member libraries on an opt-in basis in order to establish single sign-on service for Alma, Primo VE, and electronic resources. Forty-six PASCAL member libraries have implemented OpenAthens with support from PASCAL staff.