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    The COMPASS Project

    COMPASS began in 1996 as a joint automation project of the Arrowhead Library System and seven of its member public libraries. Since then, the project has grown to include over 50 public, school and special libraries in the region. COMPASS provides:

    An Integrated Library System (ILS) that allows participants to automate important library operations such as circulation, cataloging and acquisitions.

    A web-based catalog that reflects the collections of participating libraries, and promotes sharing of library material across the region.

    A gateway to participation in MnLINK--the statewide catalog for Minnesota.
    Internet services for public libraries, including staff e-mail and access to the World Wide Web.

    Group subscription to remote databases including Ebsco's Novelist and Gale's Biography Resource Center.

    Group subscription and access to the OCLC CatExpress utility.

    Joint purchase of computer hardware and software.

    RFP and Migration to New System
    In 2001-2002, the Compass group developed an RFP with requirements for a second generation automation system. After reviewing written responses and demonstrations by several automation vendors, Compass chose Dynix as its new automation vendor. Migration to the new system took place in late August of 2003.

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