Albany – Nylink, a
non-profit membership organization, will phase out its operations over the next
12 months. Steep declines in Nylink’s revenue as a result of fundamental
changes in its business environment have seriously degraded Nylink’s ability to
remain fully self-supporting. Part of The State University of New York, Nylink
has operated as a self-funded entity serving libraries throughout New York.
“Unfortunately, the revenue
just isn’t there any longer, and we have no choice but to wind down
operations,” said W. David Penniman, Executive Director of Nylink. “We are
working with our staff, vendors and members to ensure a smooth transition over
the next 12 months.”
Penniman emphasized that
Nylink staff will continue to serve members through the coming year while being
provided outplacement support during that period as well.
Over the next year, Nylink
staff will be working closely with SUNY officials as well as Nylink members to
assure a smooth transition of its key services to other organizations that can
support members’ needs. Members will be provided options to choose from for
alternative sources of services and Nylink leadership is entering into
discussions with key organizations to fill the void created by its closure.
Nylink’s commitment to the
broader community of libraries within New York dates back to 1973 when it was
founded as the SUNY/OCLC Network (http://nylink.org)
to provide emerging automation services in cataloging and resource sharing.
Over the years, Nylink has grown to provide a variety of services to over 500
libraries, library systems and groups, museums, and cultural heritage
Nylink’s membership are most of the 64 campuses of SUNY, all CUNY libraries,
and the New York State Library, as well as private institutions of higher
education, including all of
New York’s major research libraries and medical and law school libraries, public libraries including the New York
Public Library, and other organizations needing training and services.
Services include a statewide delivery service for libraries (LAND) and a recently introduced low-cost electronic resource management system (True Serials) which is marketed nationwide.
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