Volume 30, Number 1, Spring 2008

Rethinking Resource Sharing: Call for Submission for Innovations Award

The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative (RRSI) was started to advocate for a complete rethink of the way libraries conduct resource sharing in the context of the global Internet revolution. In order to showcase resource sharing innovation, the RRSI has created an award to encourage libraries and librarians to make changes in how they do resource sharing and improve service to users.

Up to three winning submissions will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 each. Recipients will be announced at the ALA Reference and User Services Association"s Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section's (RUSA STARS) "Rethinking Resource Sharing" preconference on June 27 in Anaheim and also will be invited to present at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) satellite preconference, "Rethinking Access to Information: Evolving Perspectives on Information Content Delivery," in Boston in August 2008. Funding for the 2008 Innovations Awards was provided by the Alliance of Library Service Networks.

To be considered for the award, please submit a description of the user-centric service change you have made that has improved resource sharing in your library, consortium, or state. Full details for submission can be found at Rethinking Resource Sharing Web site.

The deadline for applications/nominations is May 15, 2008 (postmark or date of e-mail). Submissions are sent to the chair of the Rethinking Resource Sharing Awards Committee: Anne K Beaubien, Director of Cooperative Access Services, University of Michigan Library, 920 North University, 106 Hatcher Graduate Library, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205.

For additional information, contact Anne Beaubien.