STARS Announcements

The Education and Training Committee is planning to offer the popular, free workshop, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ILL,” in conjunction with ALA Midwinter in Dallas. The workshop will take place at the Dallas Public Library on Friday, January 20 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Our speakers will be Karen Janke (lending), Megan Gaffney (borrowing), Cindy Kristof (copyright), and Collette Mak (resources, systems, and standards).

More information and a link to register will be available soon on the Committee’s website. Whether you’re new to resource sharing or are a long-time practitioner, please plan to join us for this exciting workshop.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: OCLC, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), and the Dallas Public Library. See you in Dallas!


Megan Gaffney, Chair

Hot Topics Discussion Group

Please mark your calendars for the Hot Topics Discussion Group at the upcoming ALA Midwinter in Dallas on Saturday, January 21 from 4:00-5:30 pm.

This informal gathering is meant to stimulate conversation and knowledge-sharing about current concerns related to resource sharing. Please send suggested topics to: Naomi Chow (

Possible Hot Topics include:

●     Policy and procedures

●     Serving long-distance education/online patrons’ needs (How far do we go?)

●     Charging patrons for ILL services (requests; overdue, damage, lost; non-pick up)

●     Lending new (current year) books

●     ILL and copyright (TEACH Act, Course Reserves)

●     ILLiad v. 8.1xx problems and issues (Share your fixes!)

●     Returnables paperwork (Sending back lender’s paperwork, or not?)

New Services

●     How well is OCLC Knowledge Base service working?

●     What are other ways to systematically process licensing restrictions?

●     What is the experience with the Copyright Clearance Center’s “Get It Now” service?

●     Updates on the IDS Getting It System Toolkit?

●     ILL and apps for patron access to your ILL online service?

●     Experiences with short-term e-book lease via OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing?

●     OCLC Article Exchange experiences?

Issues for Changing Times

●     How do we deal with online journals that disappear? (If no one’s archiving!)

●     How does your library deal with Pay-Per-View? (Payment, access)

●     How does your library deal with Early View (online first, pre-publication) articles?

●     Anyone using unique training methods (e.g., YouTube) for student assistants or patron outreach?

●     OCLC’s upcoming (free!) online training on resource sharing, First Search

If you’d like to give a brief demo of a cool new service or show how things are working at your library, please contact Naomi Chow (

Naomi Chow, Chair, 2012

Troy Christenson, Chair-Elect

Interlibrary Loan Discussion Group

The Interlibrary Loan Discussion group combines brief, formal presentations with informal, topical discussions and networking to create an informative and energizing ninety minutes. For this year’s Midwinter meeting, the group will feature two twenty-minute programs. The first is “100% Document Delivery: What to do when your collections are ALL off-site.” Bethany Sewell, Access Services Librarian, Penrose Library, University of Denver (UD), will discuss how the Penrose Library provides ILL and Document Delivery services while ALL of UD materials are stored ten miles away in their Hampden Center Annex. Tina Baich, Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will be our second speaker. Ms. Baich will reprise her timely and instructive Interlending and Document Supply Conference (12th ILDS) presentation “Opening Interlibrary Loan to Open Access: Locating and Managing Borrowing Requests for Open Access Materials.” If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to suggest a group discussion topic or volunteer for future programs, please contact David Atkins at or (865) 974-6866.

David P. Atkins, Chair