The State University of New York unveiled its new shared online library system today. SUNYConnect will give 60 campus libraries across the state access to more than 18 million volumes and thousands of electronic resources and digital images, Buffalo Business First reports.
The system will allow all SUNY faculty and students to check the holdings of virtually all SUNY libraries from their own computers and have materials relayed to their own campus library, either electronically or by having books or other materials sent to their campuses.
At the Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus blog, Dan Carnevale notes:
Although other university systems have created similar online library resources, the sheer size of the undertaking made it a major accomplishment, says Peter D. Salins, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs of the SUNY system. "It is undoubtedly the largest enterprise of this kind," he said. "It is more seamless and more comprehensive than most of our competitors."