Category Archives: Resource Sharing


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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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.”