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A Manifesto for Resource Sharing, part two

Continuing yesterday’s conversation on Rethinking Resource Sharing and the Manifesto with discussion led by keynoter Anne Beaubien of the University of Michigan. http://rethinkingresourcesharing.org/manifesto.html There are ways to get involved including:

  1. the Rethinking Resource Sharing listserv
  2. the committees and working groups. 
  3. Starting your own grassroots effort! Introduce the Manifesto to other staff at your library or in your region. Give a presentation about the Initiative at a local or regional meeting — feel free to adapt any of the presentations posted on the website under Publications

Yes, my library friends, they are providing the presentations, handouts and everything we need to begin this conversation now.

Anne talked about Wayne Gretsky skating to where the puck will be. As librarians we need to anticipate and be where our patrons will be. It’s time to review, rewrite, and communicate our policies toward resource sharing. We need to do more to measure our success and the users satisfaction. As Anne talked about interviewing for library staff, “If you don’t like change, you won’t like this job.” I think I’m going to post that everywhere.

While at the Tenn-share conference, the school librarians gathered in one room to discuss the Rethinking Resource Sharing STAR Submission paper. I could not find this online so am emailing Anne to ask. This is a checklist to allow library staff to review the policies and processes that make up the resource sharing service they provide. The list is designed to be aggressive, challenging library decision makers to live on the front lines of rethinking resource sharing.

  • Areas on the checklist include:
  • Ease of Resource Sharing Transactions Between Libraries (11 areas)
  • Ease of Identifying Materials (6 areas)
  • Ease of Requesting for Borrowers (5 areas)
  • User Friendly Service (21 areas)
  • Access to a Wide Variety of Formats (6 areas)
  • Electronic Materials (2 areas)
  • Fees (12 areas)

When I began assessing my libraries policies, I realized that district choices made for our automation system tend to limit my students access needlessly. It seems I have a lot of work waiting for me on Monday. Watch out administrators! Time for dialogue.