Committee Updates

STARS Membership Committee

The STARS Membership Committee is excited to announce a collaborative effort with our new webmasters to make available our latest two initiatives: “Five Things Every New Resource Sharing Librarian Should Know” and our debut “STAR Gazing” Interview. These are available at

STARS Membership is also working with the Education and Training Committee to update a portion of the SHARE-L website and organize our agenda for ALA Midwinter.

Micquel Little, Chair


STARS Legislation and Licensing Committee

The STARS Legislation and Licensing Committee has been meeting monthly and committee members are trying to keep up-to-date on relevant issues in the news, including the Center for Copyright Information’s Copyright Alert System. Committee members are posting on the ALA Connect site as they discover topics.

Shannon O’Grady, Chair


STARS International ILL Committee

The STARS International ILL Committee is currently collaborating with the Education and Training Committee on its one year pilot project to update, improving the information for National Bibliographies, National Libraries and Archives, and International Gateways and Union Catalogs. The committee was also recently recognized for its work on the 2011 International ILL survey, the results of which have been reported and well-received at several library conferences. We are actively seeking to recruit new non-US members for the International ILL Committee, and urge anyone who might know of any prospective candidates to contact us.

Tom Bruno, Chair

STARS Cooperative Collection Development Committee

The RUSA CODES/STARS Cooperative Collection Development committee is currently recruiting speakers for our program scheduled for Saturday 1:00-2:30 PM during 2013 ALA Annual.

Title: Enhancing services through integration of Interlibrary Loan and Acquisitions


This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges that arise from merging interlibrary loan and acquisitions departments, as well as the administrative aspects of such a partnership. Through examining the reasons why ILL/Acquisitions mergers may be beneficial, and hearing from peers engaged in the process, attendees will gain an understanding of how to weigh the merits of such an arrangement and determine if it is appropriate for their institution, as well as hear insights on how to move forward. This session is appropriate for all library types.

Sydney Thompson, Co-chair


STARS Rethinking Resource Sharing Policies Committee

An initial revision of the STAR Checklist is being reviewed by some members of the Rethinking Resource Sharing Steering Committee to ensure checklist items are applicable to a variety of library types (public, academic, special) and their locations. The goal is to finalize revisions at ALA Midwinter and release a new version, soon after.

While this is happening, the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative website is being transitioned to a new platform, WordPress, which will continue to link to the STAR checklist and the list of libraries who have participated.

Evan Simpson, Chair


STARS Education and Training Committee

With help from other STARS committees, the Education and Training (E&T) Committee has been updating pages on the ShareILL Wiki. The ShareILL Wiki lists electronic and print resources related to interlibrary loan, document delivery and resource sharing. Resources cover finding aids and tools, how to manage operations and ways to stay current. ShareILL will be updated in time for ALA Midwinter 2013.

The Education and Training Committee is also organizing a free workshop for ALA Midwinter 2013 called “Everything you always wanted to know about ILL.” The workshop covers topics of interest to all resource sharing practitioners. Further details are available at

Jennifer Jacobs and Karen Okamoto, Co-Chairs


STARS Vendor Relations Committee

The RUSA STARS Vendor Relations Committee is prepared to give an update on the status of revisions to the ISO ILL protocol at the upcoming meeting of the ILL Discussion Group at ALA Midwinter in Seattle. We are awaiting word on whether this topic is approved for the meeting agenda. The committee has also been asked to assist in updates to the ShareILL pages by the STARS Education and Training Committee. We will be amending pages that discuss document suppliers and systems, software, and standards. We expect to have work completed before the ALA Midwinter Conference.

Becky Ringwelski, Chair


STARS Research and Statistics Committee

The Research and Statistics Committee co-chairs, Charla and Susan, are currently training and practicing with Blackboard’s Collaborate function (BC) in order to prepare for the Research and Statistics virtual Midwinter committee meeting, to be held via BC at the end of November. The agenda will include i) discussions of an upcoming ALA Annual program on assessment and the pre- and post- assessment activities being developed to accompany it and ii) the committee’s work on the Publications page of the ShareILL wiki.

Susan Buzzell, Co-chair


STARS Hot Topics Discussion Group

The STARS Hot Topics Discussion Group is currently preparing for our program at ALA Midwinter. We are currently compiling topics and actively recruiting a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect for the 2013-14 program year. Please email Troy Christenson if you would like to volunteer ( We are also working with STARS Chair David Atkins and the STARS Program Assessment Committee to create program evaluation forms for STARS events.

Troy Christenson, Chair


STARS Nominating Committee

The STARS Nominating committee has been busy recruiting members to run for the STARS Executive Committee. This year, we are seeking candidates to run for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and a Member at Large position. Several candidates have been found, but we are still in the process of finalizing the ballot. We should announce the final ballot soon.

Sherri Michaels, Chair


Boucher Award Committee

Recognize a distinguished interlibrary loan librarian!

STARS is seeking nominations for the annual Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award. This award recognizes a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery. The award consists of $2,000 plus a citation. Nominations must be received by December 15, 2012. Self-nominations are welcome! For complete information about the criteria for this award, please visit:

The nomination form is available as a PDF. A complete application will include the nomination form; a resume detailing the nominee’s career and outstanding contributions to the field; and a formal letter of nomination.

Questions and nominations can be directed to Megan Gaffney, 2012-2013 Boucher Award Committee Chair, at

Megan Gaffney, Chair


STARS Code and Guidelines Committee

The STARS Code and Guidelines Committee is in the process of updating their section of the ShareILL wiki.

Ryan Litsey, Chair

STARS Organization Committee

The Organization Committee is revising a portion of the ShareILL wiki before the Midwinter meetings. We are also reviewing and updating the STARS handbook.

Marlayna Christensen, Chair


Interlibrary Loan Discussion Group

The ILL discussion Group is currently accepting program proposals for Midwinter. Please contact Ryan Litsey, at for more information. We are also in the process of developing a method of evaluating programming for future Discussion Group submissions.

Ryan Litsey, Chair