A while back I wrote a post about OCLC moving to the cloud and how that alone didn’t really matter. In that post I stated:
the library world will start to organize around co-operative cataloging vendors (and I’m going to put OCLC into the vendor pool like Ed pointed out others are starting to do). Essentially libraries will need to make a decision; do you like Ex Libris’ KnowledgeBase, OCLC’s KnowledgeBase, or some other vendor’s KnowledgeBase.
Yesterday III’s founder announced the beginnings of his cataloging co-operative SkyRiver. They claim to have a number of development partners in the project, including one ARL library (if you’re wondering who the possibilities are, Marshall Breeding has a list of ARL libraries on his website broken down by ILS type. note that it may be possible that a non III catalog is a member, but given the way III works, I would argue that chance is slim). So at anyrate……
Let the cataloging co-operative wars begin.