Category Archives: Resource Sharing

Libraries Thriving: A Collaborative Space for e-Resource Innovation. Thinking and doing.


“With low usage and shrinking budgets, libraries are challenged to   justify resource investments now more than ever.  At the same time,   information users are ill prepared to navigate the amount and quality of   content on the web.  This creates a tremendous opportunity for   libraries to show that they are well equipped to help users navigate   information resources and for users to benefit from this guidance.

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Collaborative Librarianship article of note!

Label-Less Library Logistics:  Implementing Labor-Saving Practices in Massachusetts’ High-Volume Resource Sharing System

Lori Bowen Ayre, Gregory Pronevitz, Catherine Utt


This paper presents important aspects and issues related to the merging of six regional library delivery services in a single statewide system that serves more than 550 libraries, that together circulate more than 15 million items annually throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The purpose of marrying the six distinct systems was to reduce redundancies and incorporate innovative features to improve library processing efficiency.  Most libraries are members of one of nine separate shared integrated library systems. The paper covers the background, objectives, benefits, issues, lessons learned, and a successful request for proposal procurement process for this complex project.

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Library Cooperation and Resource Sharing

International Conference on Library Cooperation and Resource Sharing

Mid October 2012
Beijing, China

It has been almost 10 years since establishing the University Network Library of Beijing in 2002. An international conference was held in 2004 titled “Building Digital Resources and Providing Information Services in the Network Environment: An International Conference on Regional Cooperation and Resource Sharing of Libraries.” At that time, library consortia were about to emerge in China, so the conference focused mainly on the topic of building and sharing literature resources. In 2008, a second international conference titled “International Conference on the Development of Subject Librarianship and Personal Librarianship” was held. This meeting covered the topics of subject librarians, subject librarian services, and personalized information services.

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Are you aware of the RDA tool kit?

RDA: Resource Description and Access is the new standard for resource description and access designed for the digital world. Built on the foundations established by AACR2, RDA provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions on resource description and access covering all types of content and media. The content of RDA has been developed in a collaborative process led by the Joint Steering Committee.”

Resource Sharing in Digital Age Conference in Chicago

“Advanced Registration Deadline July 15 for ‘Resource Sharing in the Digital Age’ Conference Register now to save on the 12th Interlending and Document Supply (ILDS) Conference<> in Chicago!

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Rethinking Resource Sharing Award nomination

“Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Awards 2011 Application Period Open Now
The Rethinking Resource Sharing (RRS) Innovation Awards recognizes and honors an individual or institution for changes they made to improve users’ access to information through resource sharing in their library, consortium, state or country. It is hoped that the award will encourage libraries and librarians to make changes in how they do resource sharing to improve service to users.  RRS looks for efforts where people didn’t wait for the profession to provide better services for users. 
The Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Awards consists of a $1,000 cash award and a citation to the entity that applies.  In 2011 Rethinking Resource Sharing will make two awards. The most valuable ideas will be posted to the Rethinking Resource Sharing website ( in the hope that by sharing a great number of creative resource sharing ideas it will inspire others to try and implement similar ideas. 

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Learn about Resource Sharing with Amigos

“Amigos will offer four Resource Sharing courses in March.

“Constructing Custom Holdings in OCLC” will teach you how to design and create Custom Holdings groups and paths that will auto-select the best lenders for each of your interlibrary loan requests.  The next session will be offered on 08 March, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
Register now >>

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LYRASIS forms an ILL & Resource Sharing Advisory/Interest Group

From LYRASIS News, Oct 26, 2010

“Your participation and involvement in LYRASIS is critical to the development of programs, product offers and services that benefit member libraries and library professionals. Please consider joining a Member Advisory/Interest Group. We have created them to provide a platform for you to:
• Strengthen individual libraries through community, communication and collaboration.
• Share and collaborate with other libraries and LYRASIS staff on new developments, strategies, best practices and topics of mutual interest in the practice of librarianship.
• Provide advice and direction to LYRASIS staff in the planning and development of LYRASIS products, programs and services.
• Receive timely information about strategic programs, products and services, and valuable discounts that LYRASIS makes available to you and the library community at large.
Member Advisory/Interest Groups will meet and converse virtually, using specially created listservs.”

Link to the ILL & Resource Sharing LISTSERV

Underground Resource Sharing

Blog: ACRLog 9/29/10

“One outcome of the Netflix discussion that took place in the library community is that there seems to be general agreement that adhering to licensing agreements is the right thing for academic librarians to do for a number of good reasons. Not only is it a good way to avoid a potential lawsuit from Netflix or a movie studio, but it sets the right example for students and faculty. How can we expect them to abide by fair use guidelines and licensing agreements if the campus librarians are openly flouting them. We need to take the moral high ground, even if Netflix represents a reasonably good solution to the DVD distribution challenge.”

Resources Sharing Award nominations

You: new to the resource sharing community, full of questions and fresh ideas.
Us:  the STARS Atlas Mentoring Award Committee

If you’re too new to resource sharing to know what 3,2,2,1 was then we have an award for you!   Thanks to the generosity of Atlas Systems RUSA STARS is able to offer a $1,000 travel award to help a new member of the resource sharing community (two or fewer years) to attend ALA, June 2011, New Orleans, LA.    The goal is help a new resource sharing practitioner attend ALA, perhaps for the first time.   By attending ALA and especially by attending the STARS events the recipient will have the chance to meet others in the resource sharing community, share your ideas, get suggestions and, find out what 3,2,2,1 was.   

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