ALA Reflection: Sue Kaler

Sue Kaler photoMy ALA is consumed with committee meetings. I am involved with RUSA/STARS, the section of ALA that deals with Resource Sharing. One of the STARS Committees I am on, recently updated the policy on disaster preparedness for Resource Sharing Departments in response to disasters from the wider Resource Sharing Community. Unfortunately, there are always disasters! That committee also updated the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States earlier in 2017. The MLS Resource Sharing Team plans  to update the MLS ILL Policy this year and will be looking for a task force to aid in this endeavor. Another of my committees is the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative, an ad hoc forward thinking international group. We awarded our annual Innovation Award at ALA to VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. We were impressed with the breakthrough contracts they negotiated with Brill, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley that gave VIVA lending rights to all via ILL for whole eBooks. Libraries have been advocating for these rights ever since eBooks came on the scene, but they have been difficult to obtain. Considering the number of items that are widely held in e formats and are rare in print, this is an important step in Resource Sharing. We hope the award will encourage others to negotiate such favorable contracts. We’re looking for an opportunity to borrow some entire eBooks from VIVA libraries for MLS members.

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