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Vote results were released yesterday; according to Library Journal more than 95% of members voted yes on the merger. The regional library cooperatives SOLINET and PALINET, which announced plans for a merger in February 2008, will merge April 1 into a new organization: LYRASIS.
From the merger website: The proposed combination of PALINET and SOLINET creates a new, more powerful organization with a regional base and national scope to enhance value for all members. A new name has been created for the new organization – LYRASIS. The name was inspired by the constellation of Lyra , host to one of the galaxy’s brightest stars and guiding lights, and the suffix sis can designate a process, often associated with change (as in metamorphosis). Together, they position LYRASIS as your guide through the ever-changing world of information services.
The agreement creates a regional powerhouse. PALINET serves libraries in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and beyond. SOLINET (Southeastern Library Network, Inc.) serves more than 2500 members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Caribbean.