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  • Thank you all so much—I’m thrilled to be presenting for you today, and I want to think SEFLIN and Charles Mayberry for inviting me to share with you today.
  • Speakers at library conferences are often asked to reflect on the future. We are all infinitely curious about what’s out there, what’s next-- especially as new and exciting technologies evolve.   Speakers at library conferences are often asked to reflect on the future. We are all infinitely curious about what’s out there, what’s next-- especially as new and exciting technologies evolve.   Well, I’m about to make a perfectly honest observation with you, and I welcome you disagree with me, and to voice your disagreement in the chat if you feel so moved.   I’ve been in the library world since 1995 (let me grab my cane and false teeth here) and I’ve come to believe that sometimes, as a profession, we do too much sitting and waiting for the “next big thing” when really, we need to spend some time wallowing around in the here and now.   When I arrived on the scene in libraries in the mid 90’s, as a lowly student assistant in the map collection at the University of Georgia, things were moving SO quickly—Georgia had taken up the lottery in 1994, and that money was flowing freely into the university system. GALILEO, Georgia’s virtual library, came online in September of ’95, and it started with a question from the Univ System Chancellor…”so.   How would you spend 20 million dollars?”   That just isn’t happening as often these days… I think now is a particularly good time to wallow. While challenges with technology are still there, the economic downturn we’ve experienced has slowed innovation to some degree, or it has at least hampered our ability to afford the “newest latest” version of things.  
  • I believe we are in an interesting space in library time, and that some of the challenges presented to us at present are more intellectual, not technological. There’s great new technology out there, there are innovations to be made, but let’s see what we can do with existing tools.   So let’s talk about these intellectual challenges (I’ll admit, some of them are related to technology)
  • Recently, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to travel around the US presenting the LYRASIS Ideas and Insights Resource Sharing Series. We did events in CT, IN, and PA. During these events, we had a hands on discussion activity where we presented the attendees with three problems:             --I have permission, now what? Lending electronic books and documents       -Managing Copyright and ILL: What works?       --Buy or Borrow? Resource Sharing and collection development connections     We then posed three questions for group work on each topic:   Which tools help the most? What innovations have you made? How might collaboration help?
  • Other options include purchase from a document supplier (sometimes that fee is less than fee to lend combined with © fee, and many mentioned the use of the RAPID ILL Platform as a beneficial tool in keeping overall costs of borrowing articles down.

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  • Interlibrary Loan The Future is Now! Russell Palmer, LYRASIS
  • Reflecting on the future
    • Very important
    • However, let’s wallow around in the here and now for awhile…
    • Why?
      • Lots of new technologies to process
      • Tough economic times
      • Strength through collaboration
  • Challenges in resource sharing
    • Still plenty of techno-challenges--
      • Discovery
      • Delivery
      • Access
    • More intellectual challenges--
      • ©
      • Effectively sharing e-resources/Advocacy
      • Impact of resource sharing on collection development
  • Ideas & Insights: Resource Sharing/Technology
    • Which tools help the most?
    • What innovations have you made?
    • How will collaboration help?
    • Ongoing discussion:
    • http://seflinfutureisnow.tumblr.com/
  • Copyright
    • Not a ton of options
    • Contact the publisher directly
      • Worthwhile, but time consuming
    • CCC
      • Good, but per transaction price is expensive
    • ILLiad helps
      • Manages and automates copyright compliance
    • New options/reports in OCLC WRS added
      • Copyright Compliance Payment Report
  • e-resources
    • Digitization
      • LYRASIS Mass Digitization Project
    • “ Googlization”
      • Google Magazines
    • Open access
      • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • e-resources
    • OCLC WorldCat ™ Knowledge Base
    • OCLC Document Sharing site
    • Negotiating open relationships with vendors and publishers which allow libraries to share
    • Reading the fine print
    • Advocacy
  • Collections
    • Buy vs. borrow? Patron driven collection development
    • Creative/collaborative “management from the middle” in order to surface good ideas to leadership
    • Make sharing potential acquisitions part of a routine workflow (ex-set up ILL stats report to auto e-mail)
    • Sharing staff/cross training
  • All comes down to…cost
    • Cheaper to:
      • Buy or borrow?
      • Access through a document supplier or borrow and pay/manage/agonize over copyright later?
      • Borrow from a partner in a resource sharing group
      • Share systems and people
  • Here and now…Innovators
    • I&I Innovators—using existing technology, creativity, collaboration and hard work to make things happen in the areas we’ve discussed:
      • The IDS Project
      • Douglas County (CO) Libraries
      • Kansas State Library
  • The IDS Project
    • New York State (though others are experimenting)
    • Created tools to improve all phases of resource sharing workflow
    • Share tools openly with others
  • Available IDS Project tools
    • ALIAS:
    • Allows ILLiad to perform unmediated article request processing using the Article License Information Availability Service
    • GIST (Getting It System Toolkit):
    • Simplifies just-in-time acquisitions and gift/de-selection management
    • TPAM (Transaction Performance Analysis Module):
    • A resource sharing transaction analysis module
  • IDS Tools
    • IDS Search:
    • uses APIs from Worldcat, Google Books, and Yahoo spell check, as well as various scripts to check the availability in your local catalog. IDS Search is a cooperative project led by Mike Curtis, SUNY Upstate Medical University, as part of the IDS Project Technology Advisory Group.
    • IDS Workflow Toolkit:
    • A repository of best practices for ILLiad* users
    • *Not an ILLiad user?—Tool kit has great tools for creating custom holdings
  • Douglas County Libraries (CO)
    • Innovation in sharing e-books
    • Agreement with Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association
    • “ CIPA agrees to facilitate the sale (not the rental) of e-books to the library for checkout through the library. That is, the library owns and manages the files on its own servers.”
  • Douglas County Libraries
  • Kansas State Library
    • Innovation through advocacy and attention to the fine print!
    • State librarian asserted ownership of $568,000 of e-books
    • New contract would raise costs 700% by 2014
    • Asserted clause in existing contract allowed transfer of e-books to another platform if contract terminated
            • http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/891052-264/kansas__state_librarian_argues.html.csp
  • More notable innovators
    • Unique things, accomplished in unique ways
    • COKAMO Delivery System (CO)
      • Used baggage space on Greyhound buses to link delivery systems
    • PALCI E-Zborrow (PA)
      • Facilitates unmediated sharing across 50 libraries in PA and surrounding states
    • Samaritan Health Services ResearchRaven™ (OR)
      • Created a database to aggregate conference/publishing/funding opportunities for health care professionals
  • Before you move on to the future…become a star!
    • Evaluate—do you still have some work to do?
    • Rethinking Resource Sharing Star checklist:
    • http://rethinkingresourcesharing.org/checklist.html
  • Final reflections on the future
    • Working smarter, as opposed to insane hours
    • Users more involved in the process of resource sharing
      • Unmediated requests
      • Contributions to collections
    • When the economy improves, where will libraries stand?
  • More information: keeping up
    • Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative
    • The IDS Project
    • Moving Mountains Project
    • What’s been digitized?
      • Columbia University, Archive and Manuscript Collections on the Internet
    • What’s available via open access?
      • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Thank you!
  • Contact me!
    • Russell Palmer, LYRASIS
    • russell.palmer@lyrasis.org 404.892.0943 x4916