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About MAGIC

Multitype Automation Group In Cooperation (MAGIC) is a consortium of libraries using a shared library automation system. MAGIC members include public, school, special, and academic libraries.

MAGIC membership brings the following benefits:

  • Greater access for your library users to a more diverse, multicultural collection of resources than a single library could provide
  • Greater awareness of your organization within local communities
  • Automatic routing of interlibrary loan requests among the MAGIC libraries
  • Personalized technical support from MAGIC's support staff
  • Cooperative problem-solving and assistance from peers among the MAGIC member libraries
  • Lower costs and less staff time for cataloging due to nearly 500,000 MARC records in the MAGIC database, monthly authority processing, and quarterly batchloading of holdings to OCLC
  • An overall reduction in automation costs because expenses are shared by all members of the group and because of cooperative purchasing
  • On-going training
  • As a Local Library System Automation Program (LLSAP), grant funds are sometimes available to assist libraries with retrospective conversion costs and other initial costs of joining MAGIC

For information on how your library can become a MAGIC member, please contact Anne Slaughter (anne [dot] slaughter [at] railslibraries [dot] info or 630.734.5127).

For assistance using MAGIC's library automation system, please contact the MAGIC library at which you are registered.

History of MAGIC

DuPage Library System (DLS) was organized in June 1966 under the provisions of the 1965 Illinois Library System Act. Originally called DuPage County Library System, it consisted of 11 public libraries. Five Kane County libraries joined the system in 1968, and the word county was dropped from its name. In 1973, DLS purchased the former telephone company building in Geneva, built in 1916 and subsequently renovated. In 1988, DLS converted to a multitype library system, allowing membership for academic, special, and school libraries. In 2010, DLS merged with the four other library systems in Northern Illinois in 2010 to become Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). 

In 1979, DLS contracted with CLSI Library Management System to begin building an automated union catalog of members’ holdings. Six public libraries joined the effort at that time. In 1991, Multitype Automation Group in Consortium (MAGIC) was established. In 1992, some public libraries left the DLS consortium and formed Library Integrated Network Consortium (LINC). MAGIC transitioned to LIB 100+ software in 1993 when CLSI merged with GEAC. In 1997, the consortium migrated to Dynix. MAGIC moved to the SirsiDynix Symphony platform in 2008, and began to implement BLUEcloud products in 2012.