Message from the Chair


Kerry Keegan, Editor

STARS enjoyed a productive time in Seattle. Our section produced a free interlibrary loan workshop, hosted by the University of Washington, conducted a variety of business meetings, and organized informative and lively interlibrary and hot topics discussions. Seattle gives STARS momentum along several fronts.

Programming: Coming down the pike, be on the look-out for free RUSA professional development webinars. Every section, including STARS, is participating in a pilot program to develop and produce professional webinars. These webinars will be offered at no additional cost to RUSA members. Several STARS committees are developing program ideas and competing for our one slot.

And don’t forget ALA Annual. Along with our ILL and Hot Topic Discussion Groups, STARS will have two terrific programs: “Does Your Data Deliver for Decision Making? New Directions for Resource Sharing Assessment” and “Enhancing Services through Integration of Interlibrary Loan and Acquisitions.”

Assessment: STARS is completing a section review, a critical look back on our organization that informs both our members and RUSA just exactly how are we doing. Our Section Review Committee will soon have a draft report available for all members upon which to review and reflect. Also, STARS’ Program Assessment Working Group is spearheading program evaluation. Its outcome will help to better capture member feedback and lead to more informed decisions for program choices.

In Seattle, the Working Group coordinated the assessment of three section programs: “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ILL” workshop, the STARS ILL Discussion Group, and the STARS Hot Topics Discussion Group. The group will now compile the results and share with the rest of STARS. Lessons learned during Midwinter will help the group form evaluations for future program sessions.

Recruiting: STARS is always recruiting. We have committee service opportunities across the board. It’s our committees that do the work and have the fun. Don’t be left out. Check out opportunities at STARS Committee page and contact your chair-elect Nora Dethloff ( for more details.


David P. Atkins