New STAR Library: Congrats to The Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection

The first library to complete Version 2 of our STAR Checklist of best practices in library resource sharing is The Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection… congratulations!

Click here for more information about how your library may participate in rethinking interlibrary loan practices and your own achieve “star” status.

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STAR Checklist Version 2 is Here!

The live link to the STAR Checklist (Version 2) of best practices in interlibrary loan/library resource sharing is now available! By reviewing these checklist items, you can start valuable local discussions about all that your library is doing to provide access to needed information and to keep rethinking resource sharing to even better serve your library users.

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STAR Checklist Version 2 Launches in January

An expanded STAR Checklist of best practices in library resource sharing is being launched January 2016. By going through the questions, interlibrary loan specialists can consider their policies, practices and services and think/rethink how to best serve their users. The live link is coming very soon! You can then submit your responses and receive a letter and certificate indicating one-four stars depending on how many items on the list your library already does or is planning on doing soon. Take a look or print out the Version_2_RUSA_STARS_Rethinking_Resource_Sharing_STAR_Checklist and get started today!

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#RRSChat Storify Archive Updated

Thanks to everyone who joined us for today’s #RRSChat. and a big thank you to all of the participants during our third successful Fall series of Twitter chats!

Due to popular demand, we’re going to try and continue the monthly chat format through the Spring, but in the meantime here are the Storify links to all of our previous #RRSChats (including today’s chat):

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Thank you again for your participation, and happy holidays to all!

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New STAR Library: Congrats National Library of Technology, Czech Republic

Congratulations to The National Library of Technology, in the Czech Republic, who completed the STAR Checklist and is now a Rethinking Resource Sharing STAR!

See the complete list of STAR libraries and complete the checklist!

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Links to #RRSChats

Thanks again to everyone who joined us for today’s inaugural #RRSChat for the Fall 2015 season: “Ebooks and Beyond!”, with special thanks to Ryan Litsey and Kenny Ketner from Texas Tech University for sharing their experiences developing and managing the Occam’s Reader Project.

Here is a Storify link to today’s chat:  https://storify.com/oodja/ebooks-and-beyond

Also, for quick and easy reference, here is a list of links to all of our past #RRSChats…

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Join us on Friday October 30th at 12 noon Eastern time for our next #RRSChat- “ILL Horror Stories”, our first Halloween-themed Twitter chat! Come to hear tales of resource sharing gone horribly wrong, or share some of your own.

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#RRSChat Fall 2015 Schedule!

The Rethinking Resource Sharing Committee is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our third series of monthly Twitter chats this Fall, starting next Wednesday, September 30th, from 12-1pm Eastern Time.

Our first topic will be: “E-Books And Beyond!”  The publishing industry says ebooks have been a mixed bag for readers, but as libraries continue to acquire them our need to effectively share them via ILL becomes less and less of a theoretical issue and more and more important to our ongoing operations. What’s coming next in the history of the book, and are we prepared for it? Ryan Litsey from Texas Tech University will be joining us to talk about the Occam’s Reader project.

Join us on the ‪#‎RRSChat‬ hashtag next Wednesday (9/30) at 12 noon Eastern Time!

Here is a schedule of future chats and chat topics:

Friday, October 30, 12-1pm Eastern Time.  “ILL Horror Stories”, our first-ever Halloween themed #RRSChat! Join us for a lively (or perhaps even undead) conversation about when resource sharing has gone horribly wrong. Bring your own tale of ILL horror to share/scare with your colleagues!

Monday, November 23, 12-1pm Eastern Time.  “Consortial Borrowing/Lending, State Library Systems, and Other Alternate Resource Sharing Platforms”. Do you belong to a consortium or state/community ILL network? How do you incorporate discovery and fulfillment into your existing resource sharing workflows?  Join us for a discussion about existing alternatives to OCLC and traditional ILL and take a whirlwind tour of some successful experiments in community-based resource sharing platforms.

Friday, December 18, 12-1pm Eastern Time. “Resource Sharing Behind The Scenes- How to use promotion and advertising to put a face behind the ILL transaction.” Interlibrary loan is the quintessential back-office operation- sometimes we are so invisible that patrons don’t even know we exist! How do we make our services visible to our stakeholders and help patrons help us with fulfilling their ILL requests? We’ll take a look at some ILL shops which have done successful public outreach, and hopefully share some of our own efforts with the group.

We hope to see you on Twitter on the #RRSChat for some or all of these upcoming chats!  And special thanks to all of you who filled out our survey over the summer: our dates/times and list of chat topics for this year are both the direct result of your input.

– Tom Bruno, your #RRSChat host

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New STAR Library: Congrats Getty Research Library

Congratulations to The Getty Research Library, who completed the STAR Checklist and is now a Rethinking Resource Sharing STAR!

See the complete list of STAR libraries and complete the checklist!

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New STAR Library: Congrats Notre Dame University-Louaize

Congratulations to Notre Dame University-Louaize, who completed the STAR Checklist and is now a Rethinking Resource Sharing STAR!

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New STAR Library: Congrats Ohio State University Health Sciences Library

Congratulations to The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library, who completed the STAR Checklist and is now a Rethinking Resource Sharing STAR!

See the complete list of STAR libraries and complete the checklist!

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