2016 Innovation Award News Release

Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Award Announced for 2016

The Information Delivery Service (IDS) Project Recognized for its
Online Learning Institute

ORLANDO, June 25, 2016 —The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative has announced that the winner of the Rethinking Resource Sharing (RRS) 2016 Innovation Award is the Information Delivery Service (IDS) Project for its Online Learning Institute, a multi-state collaboration to deliver free online continuing education courses for resource sharing professionals.

The Innovation Award comes with a $500 stipend and honors individuals and/or institutions for improving access to information through resource sharing in their library, consortium, state and/or country. The purpose of the award is to showcase innovation in resource sharing and to encourage other librarians and libraries to make changes in their resource sharing operations to improve information delivery to library users. This year’s award winners were recognized for their innovative contribution to resource sharing at the American Library Association’s 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Micquel Little, Director of Users, Claremont Colleges Library, and Bill Jones, IDS Project Creative Technologist, accepted the award on behalf of the IDS Online Learning Institute team.

The IDS Project began the Online Learning Institute (OLI) in January 2014 to meet the needs of its members as well as to provide nationwide support for resource sharing training and community development. Micquel Little of the Claremont Colleges Library has led the OLI since its inception and is supported by a talented and growing group of instructors. An expanding number of courses, instructional videos, resource materials, discussion opportunities, and web conferences are available to professionals in the field of resource sharing.  Successful completion of OLI courses provides students with Accomplishment Certificates as well as a network of colleagues to encourage discussion, troubleshooting, and innovation.

The IDS Project is a mutually supportive resource-sharing cooperative based in New York State whose 90 members include public and private academic libraries, the New York Public Library, and the New York State Library. The Project is based on a strong sense of community among its members and a unified collection perspective. The IDS Project offers a resource-sharing model that helps libraries maintain efficient and effective information delivery services for their users. The Project is committed to providing improvements to the entire resource sharing community through the ongoing development of innovative tools and promotion of best practices.

The 2016 Innovation Award recognizes the IDS Project Online Learning Institute for embodying the principles of the Rethinking Resource Sharing Manifesto in its collaborative development of an expanding series of free online continuing education courses for resource sharing professionals.

Funding for the 2016 Innovation Award is generously provided by Atlas Systems, developers of software solutions for libraries, including ILLiad for managing interlibrary loan and document delivery services, Ares for course reserves, and Aeon for special collections.

The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative is an international 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 related developments.

Margaret Ellingson