2009 Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Award Winners

Aurora, Colo., April 20, 2009 – Officials with the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative have honored three projects for innovative thinking in resource sharing, each recipient being recognized for improving patrons’ access to library information through resource sharing.

The Initiative presented awards to the Orlando Memory Project, a digital archive and social networking community where the users select and contribute content; Rapid ILL, a collaborative article requesting and delivery system; and Kentucky Libraries Unbound, a digital collection of local history materials made available via OverDrive.

Each of the three award winners will receive $1,000 and will be recognized for their resource sharing efforts on May 13 at the Rethinking Resource Sharing Forum 2009, in Dublin, Ohio.

Funding for the 2009 Innovation Awards is provided by the Alliance of Library Service Networks, a group of U.S. independent regional networks that includes Amigos, BCR, FEDLINK, ILLINET, INCOLSA, MINITEX, MLC, MLNC, NELINET, Nylink, OHIONET, Lyrasis and WiLS. The Nebraska Library Commission is also a member. OCLC and BCR provide on-going support for the initiative.

The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative is an ad hoc group that advocates for a complete rethink of the way libraries conduct resource sharing in the context of the global Internet revolution and all of the developments that have arisen from that. The group is advocating for a revolution in the way libraries conduct resource sharing.

I received this as a press release from BCR. An HTML version can be viewed on BCR’s website.


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