RUSA-STARS/LLAMA-SASS Cooperative Remote Circulation

Panel Discussion
Sunday, June 26, 10:30 am –12:00 pm, Marriott at Convention Center, New Levee room

Join the RUSA-STARS/LLAMA-SASS Cooperative Remote Circulation Committee for an informative panel discussion about challenges and opportunities in consortial borrowing. Our panelists will kick off the session by introducing their broad perspectives, and then they will engage in a discussion with the audience to allow further sharing of ideas and solutions. Please bring your questions, and your expertise!

Randy Dykhuis, Executive Director, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
MeLCat is a project of the Library of Michigan, which contracts with Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) to provide implementation, support, and training for participating Michigan libraries.  Dykhuis has been involved with MeLCat since it was first proposed, and he will discuss MeLCat’s organization, management of the central MeLCat database, and training and support for MeLCat participants. MeLCat uses an INN-Reach group catalog that works with all sorts of ILS systems.  Bibliographic data is loaded, records are added, items are withdrawn, and the Direct Consortial Borrowing (DCB) client data is updated daily.  Non-INN-Reach libraries use the DCB client to check books out in the group catalog as well as in their own local ILS.  Dykhuis will share his experience with NCIP and other communication protocols and also with encouraging communication between vendors.  Other possible topics are issues in physical delivery such as selecting a delivery mechanism, turnaround time expectations, and challenges.

Melissa Trevvett, Executive Director Boston Library Consortium (BLC)
As the recently appointed executive director of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), Trevvett has facilitated the implementation of WorldCat Navigator for unmediated borrowing. She will talk about factors that played into the BLC’s decision to use WorldCat Navigator for their consortial borrowing system, including the WorldCat Local discovery layer, interoperability with ILS systems, and the need to maintain a two-day turnaround time, which is a big priority for the BLC. The BLC brings together public and private academic institutions of all sizes, which has presented the group with challenges in implementation. Their next steps will be in working together to continue the process of making policy decisions about circulating collections among such diverse collections.

Peter Collins, Assistant Project Manager BorrowDirect
Collins has been leading the implementation of a new unmediated borrowing platform that has had a huge impact on the University of Pennsylvania and their Borrow Direct partners.  He will talk about workflow efficiencies that have been achieved by allowing work to be more fluidly distributed across departments.  He will also explain how the Borrow Direct system, through compliance with NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) and other circulation standards, has created seamless borrowing for both the partner libraries and their patrons. The partner libraries use different Integrated Library Systems (ILS) systems, making the ILS vendors’ support of remote circulation standards such as NCIP fundamental to their success.

Kristina Eden, STARS Co-Chair,
Chelle Batchelor, SASS Co-Chair