MOBIUS member organizations collaborate to provide quality information resources and services to the people of Missouri.

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The MOBIUS Mission Statement

MOBIUS member organizations collaborate to provide quality information resources and services to the people of Missouri.

Approved by Council: Feb 6, 2009

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Since its founding in July 1998, MOBIUS has transformed library services for the citizens of Missouri.  Formerly a part of the University of Missouri System, on July 1, 2010 MOBIUS became a Missouri not-for-profit corporation with 501 (C)(3) tax-exempt status.  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members, the organization has grown from 50 founding charter members to 71 members which include 61 academic libraries, 5 public libraries, 2 special libraries, the Missouri State Library, and 2 Associate Members, serving a total of 168 physical branches.  MOBIUS manages InnReach, a union catalog and resource sharing tool from Innovative Interfaces as well as their Sierra platform, a local integrated library system for our member libraries. 

The consortium’s purpose is to share library materials, information, and services using accessible, cost effective methods.  Today, the MOBIUS Union Catalog has expanded to include more than 27 million items, serving over 1.5 million people from the higher education community and the state of Missouri.  A courier service delivers library materials to member libraries once per day, 5 days per week.

MOBIUS contracts with the Missouri State Library to host and manage Missouri Evergreen, a public library resource sharing consortium, using Evergreen, an open-source integrated library system.  Missouri Evergreen is a growing consortium of Missouri public libraries funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as Administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

The MOBIUS Bylaws and Articles of Corporation govern the internal affairs of the consortium and formalize the purpose, membership guidelines, and structure.

MOBIUS looks forward to its continued growth with the intention of building on the strength of its current and future members.   It is our goal to move towards the creation of a statewide Union Catalog connecting MOBIUS and Missouri Evergreen, as well as all types of libraries in Missouri and beyond to create equal access to materials and information for the citizens of Missouri.  

 

 

 

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