III’s CEO, Jerry Kline, is launching SkyRiveron Friday. SkyRiver is an alternative bibliographic utility, akin (and competition to) OCLC and LibLime’s ‡biblios.net. From the Library Journal story today:
A new company called SkyRiver has launched a bibliographic utility, directly challenging long-dominant OCLC. Over the last 18 years, strategic acquisitions by OCLC have narrowed competition, but SkyRiver—founded by Jerry Kline, the owner and co-founder of Innovative Interfaces—aims to expand the market and offer an alternative bibliographic utility for cataloging that could save libraries up to 40 percent off their expenditures for bibliographic services.
The product is stated as being open, and offering bibliographic records without many of the restrictions that the other products have. No information about pricing has been released. Speculation abounds about OCLC’s reaction to SkyRiver. So far we’ve had silence, but some anticipate a more vocal response after the launch date.