Kerry Keegan, Editor
Message from the Chair
Dear STARS Members and Friends,
At Midwinter, I once again witnessed our engaged, thoughtful, and hard-working STARS members. We had interesting conversations during the Discussion Groups and accomplished a great deal in our committee meetings. Our annual free workshop, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ILL,” had close to 60 attendees. I’d like to extend a big thank you to the University of Chicago Regenstein Library for hosting the event!
If you aren’t a STARS member and have an interest in resource sharing, I would encourage you to join our amazing community of knowledge and support. If you have questions about what STARS does, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
For you current STARS members, Vice-Chair Tom Bruno is gearing up for the committee appointment process. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in serving on a STARS committee or as a STARS representative to a RUSA committee.
I’m already looking forward to seeing all of you in San Francisco!
STARS Chair 2014-2015
Research and Assessment Committee
The Research and Assessment Committee has finalized the speakers for the pre-conference at ALA Annual 2015. The preconference will be held on that Friday, from 9AM-12PM. We are working on marketing the workshop. The presenters will include:
Oregon State University
Resource Acquisition and Sharing Director
University of Washington
Head, ILL and Document Delivery
University of Notre Dame
Outreach and Scholarly Communications Librarian
Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Reserves
Access Services Librarian
Massachusetts Library System
Director of User Services and Resource Sharing
Bethany Sewell, Chair
Codes, Guidelines, and Technical Standards Committee
The Codes, Guidelines, and Technical Standards Committee continues to review and revise the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States and its Explanatory Supplement. Feedback from the October 2014 survey has greatly informed our discussions and decision-making. We are on target to have first drafts ready for the STARS Board and RUSA Standards and Guidelines Committee by April/May 2015, and we project that approved drafts will be ready for general comment by the ILL community in late summer/early Fall. By request of the STARS Education and Training Committee, we are also reviewing and updating the ShareILL Codes and Guidelines web page.
Brian Miller, Chair
Atlas Systems Mentoring Award Committee
The STARS Atlas Systems Mentoring Award Committee received 30 nominations and, after careful evaluation, have chosen a winner. The STARS Executive Board has approved the choice and we are waiting for RUSA to make the official announcement, before we promote our selection of the nominee.
Amy Paulus, Chair
Rethinking Resource Sharing Policies Committee
STARS Policies met at Midwinter to discuss the revised Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative Star Checklist. The revised version was approved by the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative Steering Committee and the STARS Executive Committee. We also discussed the logistics of mounting the new checklist, publicizing it and training with it and making data from it more available and useful to the greater resource sharing community.
Sue Kaler, Chair