ALA RUSA STARS* is hosting two pre-conferences for ALA Annual 2007 in Washington, DC. One is for new practitioners of interlibrary loan, and the other is for advanced resource sharing practitioners. Listed below is a brief description of each pre-conference. If you have suggestions for or questions about these pre-conferences, please use the Comments link for this blog entry; the committee chairs of the pre-conferences will respond to any questions/comments.
Each is a full-day pre-conference scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2007. Locations will be assigned in mid-April.
ILL 101: Interlibrary Loan for New Practitioners (EVENT CODE RU5) is geared toward library staff and librarians who are new to interlibrary loan and resource sharing. This pre-conference will go in-depth into the borrowing and lending aspects of resource sharing, including various techniques and technologies used. Click here to register; remember to use event code RU5.
Yin & Yang: Bringing Balance to Resource Sharing (EVENT CODE RU4) is a pre-conference for advanced practitioners and includes discussions on consortia, committed lending, and unmediated/patron-initiated borrowing. The presentations examine the ideal perspective versus the current perspective (what is happening) for end users and resource-sharing practitioners. Click here to register; remember to use event code RU4.
*What is STARS (http://www.ala.org/rusa/stars)? The Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) brings together librarians and library staff involved with interlibrary loan, document delivery, remote circulation, access services, cooperative reference, cooperative collection development, remote storage, and other shared library services as well as publishers, producers, and suppliers of products and services which support resource sharing activities.
As we move toward the ALA Midwinter conference in Seattle, I think back to the good that we all did by holding our annual conference in New Orleans last summer. In revisiting my photos from that time, I came across this one that sums up the impact that we had on the city. In a storm damaged storefront, this white board said it all. I have never been prouder of my affiliation with ALA than during the conference in New Orleans.