STARS Section Report

Katharine Calhoun, Editor

From the Chair

STARS had a great time at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver! The declining economy has certainly taken its toll on everyone’s budget, and unfortunately some of colleagues were unable to be in Denver. But as always, Midwinter gave us an opportunity to catch up and to learn new things. Here are a few highlights from our Denver meetings. Â

  • The second annual ILL Workshop was a big hit! Like last year’s workshop, we had a full house of 50 attendees, and we even had a waiting list. A little over half were from academic libraries, but the rest were a good mix of librarians and staff from public, government, and special libraries. This free workshop appears to be filling a niche, as it attracts people in the geographic region of the host city. Building on the success of the previous workshops, we have a group planning for the 2010 Midwinter workshop in Boston.
  • STARS has two programs planned for ALA Annual in Chicago. The Legislation and Licensing Committee is putting the final touches on their program entitled “The Secret Life of Your Data: Privacy in the Digital Age.” The program plans to tackle legal issues and the vendor’s role in privacy. The Interlibrary Loan Committee will showcase Netflix, Orbis Cascade Alliance, CISTI’s e-book service, and much more at its program, “Resource Sharing in the 21st Century.”
  • Check out STARS’ new brochure! Send any comments and questions about the design, layout, and content to the Membership Committee.Â
  • The International ILL Committee completed its report on the International ILL survey. The committee is now turning their attention to getting the results out to the community. Presently, they are working on the 2010 Annual program, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about International ILL.”
  • The Organization Committee has put the bulk of the content of the handbook on to the wiki. There are potential changes in the layout. The committee will publicize the URL for the wiki to the committees.
  • The RUSA Board approved the Codes, Guidelines and Technical Standards Committee’s revisions of the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States and the Explanatory Supplement. Between now and Annual in Chicago, the committee will be working on developing guidelines on natural disasters and qualifications for ILL operations management.Â

Stephanie Atkins, STARS Chair

Midwinter Reports

Hot Topics Discussion Group

The STARS Hot Topics Discussion Group met on Saturday, January 24, 2009, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at ALA Midwinter in Denver. Topics discussed included:Â how do you balance the new OCLC “reasons for no” with your library’s policies, how do libraries divide up tasks when you are short of staff, and how are Interlibrary Loan offices affected by budget reduction initiatives at their institutions and how and are they responding to these initiatives?

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Hot Topics Discussion Group meeting at ALA Annual 2009 in Chicago. If you have a topic that you would like to discuss in Chicago please email Margaret Bean at or call me at 541-346-1876.

Margaret Bean, Chair

RUSA-STARS/LAMA-SASS Cooperative Remote Circulation Committee

Midwinter Meeting, Sunday, January 25, 2009

This committee held a vendor/librarian forum to discuss the topic of interoperability.
The main focus was centered on how this important technology can move from the speculation and conversation stage to reality. What are the dreams, ideals, and challenges from the librarians’ standpoint and the vendors’ perspective?

The moderator of the forum was:
Barbara Preece - Executive Director-Boston Library Consortium

Representing the vendor perspective:
Sandy Westall - Innovative Interfaces
Gail Wanner - Sirsi/Dynix
Rob Walsh - EnvisionWare
Ted Koppel - AutoGraphics

Librarians participating:
Marshall Breeding - Vanderbilt University
Cyril Oberlander - SUNY Geneseo

The consensus at the end of this session was that we need to continue this conversation between librarians and vendors in order to make interoperability a reality.

There were approximately 50 attendees.

Nada Vaughn, Co-chair