STAR Checklist

The ALA RUSA STARS Rethinking Resource Sharing STAR Checklist provides library staff an opportunity to review and reflect on the policies and processes that comprise the resource sharing service they provide.

The STAR Checklist is designed to be aggressive, challenging library decision-makers to live on the front lines of rethinking resource sharing. There is no expectation that a single library will meet every item in the list. While aggressive, the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative also recognizes that achieving STAR status should be attainable.

Instructions: Consider printing the Rethinking Resource Sharing STAR Checklist so that you have time to consider each question, and indicate if the library is presently engaged in the activity/initiative/service/policy listed (2 points), or if there are plans to implement in the next 12 months (1 point), or if the library is not engaged with it (0 points). After reviewing the checklist, submit your answers online.

Scoring: The highest possible score is 128. There are four STAR levels:
1 STAR: Participating libraries that are score between 77 and 89 points are engaged in 60%+ of activities/initiatives/services/policies represented in the Checklist and qualify for one STAR.
2 STARS: 90-101 points reflect engagement in 70%+ of activities/ initiatives/services/policies represented in the Checklist and qualify for two STARS.
3 STARS: 102-114 points reflect engagement in 80%+ of activities/ initiatives/services/policies represented in the Checklist and qualify for three STARS.
4 STARS: 115+ points reflect engagement in 90%+ of activities/ initiatives/services/policies represented in the Checklist and qualify for four STARS.

All STARS receive the Rethinking Resource Sharing STAR certificate and letter of recognition which affirms a library’s commitment to rethinking resource sharing. This certificate can be shared with your library administration to help demonstrate that you are keeping up with best practices in resource sharing. If your library qualifies, a member of the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative will be in touch!

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