Volume 30, Number 1, Spring 2008

In the Online Edition: Rethinking Resource Sharing

Rethinking Resource Sharing: Universal Design
The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative
Candidates for ASCLA Office
Editor Sara Laughlin Leaving Interface
ASCLA Seeks New Interface Editor
ASCLA Announces Online Course on Selecting Spanish-language Materials for Adults
Rethinking Resource Sharing: Interoperability
Rethinking Resource Sharing: Boston Public Library Provides Scan-on-Demand for Interlibrary Loan
Rethinking Resource Sharing: Interlibrary Loan in Texas
A Manifesto for Rethinking Resource Sharing
Deaf Culture at the Super Bowl
Register Now for Sustaining the Digital Collaborative Preconference in Anaheim
Another Great LSSPS Dinner Planned in Anaheim
Emerging Leaders Team to Analyze ALA Web site for Accessibility
International Report on Library and Information Services for Visually Impaired People
Rethinking Resource Sharing: Call for Submissions for Innovations Award
NAD Supports Draft Legislation to Ensure Access to Technology
What We're Reading
Northwest Ohio Libraries Put Local History Online
University of South Carolina Library and Information Science Program to Support ASERL's Regional Online Reference Service
ASCLA Volunteer Opportunities
Presidential Candidate Forum on Disability Issues
Rethinking Resource Sharing: RUSA STARS Invite ASCLA Members to Preconference
Two Million on the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide
Enhancing Education through Collaborative Digitization
Names in the News
Welcome New Members

Rethinking Resource Sharing

by: Barbara Mates, Cleveland Public Library and President of ASCLA

This issue of Interface focuses on resource sharing. After reading through the articles you may say “My, aren't we good at sharing?” Indeed we are, and we have always been, probably because sharing is actually the foundation of libraries. With the exception of the teaching profession I cannot think of another profession whose members go out of their way to figure out how to save a dime. It's not because we are all that virtuous. Most of us have to figure out how to save that dime because the item we have to purchase costs a quarter.

Libraries dependent on property tax revenues are being told to tighten their budgets in the coming year and some are being told to expect a 10 percent cut. Library staff will figure out how to do more with less, since they realize that the library is the one community resource that everyone should be able to use when times get tough.

Libraries are the place where job fairs are held, resumes can be composed, computers can be used to send and receive e-mail, and free entertainment can be borrowed. This is why it is important for library staff to realize that the library's resources and programming should be shared by all patrons, and they should begin to explore the practice of universal design throughout the library.

If the library cannot afford to purchase a popular title in large print and standard print, it should keep in mind that a substantial percentage of patrons can use the large print copy, yet the reverse may not be true. If the library cannot afford to dedicate a workstation to those needing adaptive technology, remember those without disabilities can use an oversized monitor and keyboard, whereas those with a disability cannot necessarily use the standardized devices. If the library cannot dedicate a story hour or programming to children with special needs, then it can be sure that the library's story hour and programs are accessible to all children.

Universal design encourages us to think of how a library's limited resources can be used by all patrons. The concept of universal design is not a new idea, but it is one that hasn't really caught on in libraries. The 2008 ASCLA President's Program will focus on how libraries can become part of the universal design movement. The program, “The Universal Library: Mind, Body and Soul,” is scheduled for Sunday, June 29th, 8 to10 a.m. The program promises to give attendees practical and low cost suggestions for creating universal library environments.

Return to Online Content List

Candidates for ASCLA Office

Watch for your spring ballot—in the mail or e-mail—for ASCLA offices.


Vice Chair/Chair-Elect:
Brenda K. Bailey-Hainer
Director-at-Large (select one for two-year term):
Ann Joslin
Tom Sloan
Director-at-Large (select one for two-year term):
Jerry (Jerome) W. Krois
Michael C. Piper


Vice Chair/Chair-Elect:
Liz (Lizbeth) Bishoff
Secretary (vote for one for two-year term): Carolyn B. Noah
Member-at-Large (vote for one for three-year term:
Jean K. Sheviak


Not available as this issue went to press.


Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (vote for one):
Melora Ranney Norman
Jerry (Jonathan) Reynolds
LSSPS Representative to the ASCLA Board:
Diana Reese
Library Service to Older Adults with Special Needs Forum (formerly Impaired Elderly Forum) Vice Chair/Chair Elect:
Kathleen Owens Mayo
Library Service to People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Forum Vice Chair/Chair Elect:
Vivian Bordeaux
Library Service to Prisoners Forum Vice Chair/Chair Elect:
Diane Walden
Library Service to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities Forum Vice Chair/Chair-Elect:
William R. Reed


Vice Chair/Chair Elect:
Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer
Secretary (for two-year term):
Suzy Szasz Palmer
Maribeth Krupczak
Return to Online Content List

Editor Sara Laughlin Leaving Interface

Sara Laughlin has announced that she will end her tenure as editor of Interface at the end of the 2008 ALA Annual Conference.

“I have enjoyed my years as editor far more than I imagined possible,” said Laughlin. “This position has given me the opportunity to keep up with the latest developments and to have conversations about ideas with talented and articulate librarians across the country. I shall truly miss it. I want to especially thank Donna Rinckel, my office manager, for her assistance with the online version and the dedicated ASCLA and ALA Production Services staff for their unfailing support.”

Since 2001, when Laughlin took over as editor, Interface has become a key ASCLA asset. Each issue, published in print and online, has focused on a theme reflecting cutting-edge developments.

Since September 2007, Laughlin has been serving as interim director of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana.

Return to Online Content List

ASCLA Seeks New Interface Editor

ASCLA seeks a new editor for its quarterly membership newsletter, Interface. Interface serves as the primary source of information and communication between ASCLA and the library and user community and reaches ASCLA's 1,000 members each quarter. Guided by ASCLA editorial policy, the editor is responsible for the content, format, and timely publication of Interface. Compensation of up to $1,000 annually will be provided to the Interface editor to cover travel to ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting.

The deadline for application is May 1, 2008 and it is anticipated a candidate will be selected by May 30. More detailed information about the position is posted on the ASCLA website.

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter summarizing their editorial philosophy, two to four samples of written work or editorial activities, and three letters of reference addressing qualifications to Barbara Macikas, Executive Director, ASCLA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, or e-mail materials to Barbara.

The two-year appointment as Interface editor will begin at the end of ALA Annual Conference 2008 (July 3, 2008) and end at the conclusion of the Annual Conference in 2010 (July 1, 2010). The term is renewable upon approval of the ASCLA Board. Applicants should have a strong overall knowledge of the association and its goals and have an interest in and knowledge of issues relevant to ASCLA members. Applicants must have written and published articles or have demonstrated editorial experience. Preferred applicants will have experience or familiarity with the technical and editorial issues associated with electronic and Web publishing and knowledge of emerging technologies in this publishing format.

ASCLA enhances the effectiveness of library service by providing networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members, who represent state library agencies, libraries serving special populations, multi-type library organizations, and independent librarians.

Return to Online Content List

ASCLA Announces Online Course on Selecting Spanish-language Materials for Adults

Is your library adequately serving the needs of its adult Spanish-speaking population? ASCLA offers an Internet-based course, “Selecting Spanish-language Materials for Adults,” from April 7 – May 2, 2008, that is designed to teach attendees how to develop a collection of Spanish-language materials.

The course will cover the importance of providing Spanish-language materials; the diversity of the Latino community; setting goals and criteria for materials selection; working with the community to identify needs; tools and techniques; choosing a distributor; and marketing the Spanish-language collection. It includes information on how the differences in Spanish-language publishing have an impact on the selection process and the major issues and techniques in selecting and working effectively with a reliable, quality distributor to build the collection.

The registration cost is $130 for ASCLA members, $160 for ALA members, $190 for non-ALA members, and $100 for students and retirees. For more information about the course please visit ASCLA Professional Development Online.

Return to Online Content List

Register Now for Sustaining the Digital Collaborative Preconference in Anaheim

Registration is available for the InterLibrary Cooperation & Networking (ICAN) Section preconference, “Sustainability Means Never Having to Stay the Same,” scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 27, in Anaheim.

Sustaining the digital collaborative is a multi-faceted issue. As the collaborative matures, it needs to address such issues as the maintenance and preservation of digital collections; the financial viability, growth, and maturing of the collaborative; and other related organizational issues. Through plenary and panel sessions this program will address sustainability issues from the perspective of those who manage collaborative digitization programs and those who are members of these collaboratives.

Speakers include Peter Brantley, Digital Library Federation executive director ("The Art of Collaboration"); Liz Bishoff, University of Colorado ("Building Sustainability from the Start"); as well as panels and small group discussions.

Pre-registration is recommended. Advance registration cost ia $118 for ASCLA and ALA members, $150 for non-members, and $60 for students and retired members. To register, go to the Conference Services Web site. Registration code: SL1.

                           Onsite registration cost is $155 for ASCLA and ALA members, $190 for non-members, and $100 for students and retired members.

Return to Online Content List

Another Great LSSPS Dinner Planned in Anaheim

ASCLA's Libraries Serving Special Populations Section (LSSPS) is hosting its annual dinner in Anaheim on Sunday, June 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The dinner is an opportunity to spend an evening visiting with colleagues and meeting new people over an enjoyable meal at a local restaurant (to be announced).

Pre-registration is recommended. Ticket price is $35 per person. Register online at: Conference Services Web site. Use registration code: SL2.

Return to Online Content List

University of South Carolina Library and Information Science program to Support ASERL's Regional Online Reference Service

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) has selected the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science to support ASERL's Ask-A-Librarian Online Chat Reference Service for the 2007-2008 year. The program provides more than one hundred hours of online chat reference service per week to the students, faculty, and staff at eight ASERL institutions.

“It is a great opportunity for our students to gain experience with the provision of real-world virtual reference services (VRS),” said Feili Tu, assistant professor and primary investigator of the project. “In addition, research will be conducted to examine how effectively students provide VRS, as evidenced by application of knowledge and skills learned for the SLIS/USC curriculum.”

ASCLA Volunteer Opportunities

We want you! ASCLA is seeking interested librarians to serve on ASCLA committees. A list of Committees can be found on the ASCLA Web site. With the diversity and range of committee charges and interests, there is sure to be something of interest to you. The ASCLA online committee colunteer form can also be found on the Web site.

Return to Online Content List

Rethinking Resource Sharing: RUSA STARS Invites ASCLA Members to Preconference

ALA Reference and User Services Association's Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section's (RUSA STARS) is now accepting registration for a preconference, “Throw Off Your Policies and Expose Your Resources: Rethinking Resource Sharing,” scheduled for Friday, June 27, in Anaheim.

Resource sharing is changing in innovative and exciting ways, and this is your chance to learn all about what the future holds. Join us for this eye-opening preconference, where you will: Â

  • hear Stephen Abram, the guru for library innovation, talk about resource sharing;
  • develop ideas to help librarians improve resource sharing; and
  • find ways to improve service to your users and ways to encourage new users to take advantage of your collections and services.

 Who should attend?

  • library managers and administrators;
  • front line librarians in interlibrary loan (ILL) and document delivery departments;
  • resource-sharing staff responsible for setting policies, entering into agreements with other institutions, and making decisions about end-user services; and
  • anyone interested in the future of, and the big picture for, resource sharing.
  • Â

The session will help library administrators and ILL librarians interested in the future of library resource sharing discover innovative ways to help librarians get people what they need, when and where they need it. As we rethink local, regional, national, and international approaches to information resource sharing, we will also consider ways to implement and expand on these ideas.

For more information including the preconference schedule and list of presenters, visit: RUSA Web site or contact Anne Beaubien .

Return to Online Content List

Names in the News

The Georgia Library Association (GLA) has honored David Singleton of the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) with the 2007 Nix-Jones Award. GLAÂ’ highest honor, the Nix-Jones Award honors a practicing librarian who has made substantial contributions to the library profession and who has provided both leadership in library programs and outstanding support to Georgia's libraries.

Vermont State Librarian Sybil McShane will retire in June, after ten years as state librarian and twenty-eight years with the Department of Libraries. During those years, McShane implemented the department's integrated automated library system, created the Vermont Public Library Foundation (which awarded more than $12 million in grants), entered into statewide database contracts comprising the Vermont Online Library and statewide movie licenses, and developed the Green Mountain Book Award for teens. She received the 2007 Vermont Educational Media Association Award in recognition of her support for school libraries.

Also in Vermont, Marianne Kotch, Director of Public Library Support Services, retired from the Department of Libraries at the end of 2007 and Marjorie Zunder, Director of Library Information Services, will retire in 2008.

Return to Online Content List

Welcome our New ASCLA Members!

Jennifer Aninger, Chicago, Ill. Aimee Babcock-Ellis, Silver Spring, Md. Erika Barber, Des Moines, Iowa Mary Behrle, Danvers, Mass. Sue Bergren, Naperville, Ill. Chuck Broadbent, Philadelphia, Pa. Michelle Call, Somerville, Mass. Karen Camp, Poland, Ohio Beth Dalton, Littleton, Colo. Christine Deines, Lakewood, Colo. Jeannie Dilger-Hill, Burr Ridge, Ill. Margaret Engelter, Marysville, Wash. Cynthia Fisher, Jamaica Plain, Mass. Nichole Fromm, Madison, Wisc. Cathy Green, Virginia Beach, Va. Margaret Harter, Bloomington, Ind. Eldon James, Austin, Tex. Michele Jones, Jackson, La. Emily Little, Charlotte, N.C. Stephanie Malosh, Ann Arbor, Mich. Avery Olmstead, Old Town, Maine William David Penniman, Albany, N.Y. Michael Plumley, North Brunswick, N.J. Hildo Recidoro, Torrance, Calif. Sarah Rohling, Malden, Mass. Genna Saloff, Atlanta, Ga. James Samuel, Agege, Nigeria Axel Schmetzke, Stevens Point, Wisc. Sarah Shank, Rochester, N.Y. Kathryn Shaughnessy, Jamaica, N.Y. Sally Smith, Dupont, Wash. Alex Sharpe, Tampa, Fla. The Heathman Hotel, Portland, Ore. Joan Wheeler, Newark, Del. Donna Wolfe, Philadelphia, Pa.

Return to Online Content List
Return to Top of Page     

Anne Abate, Interface Editor
E-mail: anne@librarydiscountnetwork.com

Contact: Donavan Vicha,
ASCLA Web Program Officer: dvicha@ala.org
with questions concerning the ASCLA Web site. Copyright © 2007, American Library Association.
Last Modified: