Category Archives: Resource Sharing

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for Collaboration Between Colleges

St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges have received a $1.4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to increase collaboration over the next four years.

The grant will help the colleges purchase a new library management system for the two libraries, and also contribute to programs encouraging faculty to collaborate. More information can be found on Inside Higher Ed.

Collaborative academic database purchasing in New Mexico

More than two dozen higher education libraries recently purchased access for two years to 10 online research databases and two e-book collections via EBSCO Publishing.

Libraries at New Mexico colleges and universities will save hundreds of thousands of dollars after the schools worked together to purchase access to databases and e-book collections for students.

Rethinking library resource sharing: new models for collaboration

Access the white paper for the presentation “Rethinking library resource sharing: new models for collaboration” from the IFLA World Library and Information Congress held in August 2013.

This presentation provides an overview of how resource sharing services are evolving to meet changing user needs for digital and global information. It also reviews some of the tools and standards that resource sharing practitioners are using to improve services, and highlights some of the emerging library partnerships/collaborations that are reshaping the boundaries of library and information resource sharing.

Collaboration Meeting from OCLC – In Person or Online

OCLC is hosting a day long meeting at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA on October 15, 2013 from 9:00AM to 3:30PM PST. This event will also be available online.

“Getting off the Island: Collaborating to Create Boundless Collections” is described as being an interactive program that focuses on collaboration in collections. Visit this page to get more information or register for the event.

GWLA Launches BorrowItNow

Monday, August 19, 2013

Today, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is excited to launch BorrowItNow, a consortial borrowing system based on the Relais International D2D product. BorrowItNow allows patrons to discover library materials via a virtual union catalog, which spans across all participating members’ ILS systems. BorrowItNow provides for unmediated requests, transmitting real time availability and call numbers to the lending library, while balancing request loads across the consortium.
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Collaboration of Texas A&M and U of Texas for joint storage facility

Thanks to Gary Price for sharing.

The Texas A&M University System and The University of Texas System will celebrate the opening Friday (May 24) of their Joint Library Facility at Texas A&M University’s Riverside Campus. The 18,000-square-foot library facility represents an unprecedented collaboration between the state’s two largest university systems to provide joint storage of more than a million books and make them available for use by other academic or medical institutions.”

Call for Proposals – Resource sharing and ILL conference

“Call for Proposals – Reminder!
The NWILL Conference Program Committee invites proposals for sessions of interest to interlibrary loan and resource sharing practitioners for our conference to take place September 11-13, 2013, in Portland, Oregon at Portland Community College – Sylvania Campus.

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Sunday June 24, 10:30AM-12:00PM, Anaheim Convention Center 213AB   Sharing Our Collections : Looking to the Future. Sponsored by the LLAMA SASS / RUSA STARS Cooperative Remote Circulation Committee

Future of Illinois Library Cooperation: Exploring Effective, Efficient Service Models

If you are interested in resource-sharing, this report is one of the most interesting studies to come out in years.  Some of the finding, particularly those related to interlibrary loan requests outside of a shared integrated library system, have broad implications across the country.  I highly recommend checking this report out at:  Valerie Horton

Excerpt: “Resource-sharing is complex. Illinois has a long history of strong state-level support for shared catalogs and delivery services. But as populations grow and resources decline, new models are needed. The consolidation of regional library systems is part of this, with implications at the operational and individual library level, and a goal to minimize the impact on patrons. This study begins from the premise that the purpose of delivery is to support resource-sharing, and the findings and recommendations stem from that fundamental premise.

The sample surveys that were conducted as part of this study reported a high level of patron satisfaction with current delivery services, but the underlying assumption is that costs must be contained in order to continue to provide sustainable and equitable service in the future. While the study does not cost out specific proposed operational or capital expenditures, it does make significant strides in providing metrics to evaluate current costs to compare to other models and best practices.

The following list attempts to capture key characteristics, trends, and directions of current practice as the former regional systems have begun to merge.

One-Size-Fits-All Solution Will Not Work
• Academic library delivery needs are different from publics
• Large public library needs differ from small publics
• Geography, individual library policies, and philosophical views of resource-sharing all play a role in differentiating “ideal” delivery for each library

Existing Models Are Heavy on Administration and Overhead, Short on Some Critical Information
• Too many hubs, too many delivery managers, not enough coordination (consolidation is under way)
• Overall lack of comparable data, especially in terms of true delivery volume and sorting metric

Lack of Shared Vision and Practice
• Inconsistent resource-sharing practices
• Not enough sharing of “best practices”
• Inconsistent reporting methods
• Inconsistent methods for packaging and transporting and labeling material

Resource-sharing (ILL) System Beyond the Shared ILSs is Cumbersome
• Unintuitive and difficult for users unless on shared ILS
• All requests beyond shared ILS must be staff mediated”

10th Nordic Resource Sharing, Reference and Collection Management Conference

“We would like to draw your attention to the 10th Nordic Resource Sharing, Reference and Collection Management Conference that will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 3 – 5th this year. The conference title is Rethinking Library Services – New technologies – New opportunities.

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