Ever wonder who you teamed up with when you joined RUSA STARS? Learn more about your fellow Resource Sharers through a series of interviews with RUSA STARS members. You might even recognize a few more STARS at the next ALA conference!

Lars Leon


       Meet STARGazer Lars Leon!



       Meet STARGazer Naomi I. Chow!



       Meet STARGazer Tina Baich!



       Meet STARGazer Heather Weltin!


Nora Dethloff


       Meet STARGazer Nora Dethloff!


RUSA STARS' 5 Things Every New Resource Sharing Librarian Should Know

Are you new to Resource Sharing and Inter-library Loan? Check out these tips and resources put together by your colleagues!



The ILL Discussion Group of the “Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section” (STARS) of RUSA invites the submission of presentation topics for the 2013 American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference in Seattle, WA.

The ILL Discussion Group is a popular and valuable forum during the ALA Annual Mid-Winter Conference, where attendees learn about emerging services, technologies, trends, and notable research projects conducted in the area of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery.

ILL practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal.
Please include in the submission:
1. Your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information.
2. A proposed presentation title.
3. A brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, or significance of the topic to the practice or scholarship of interlibrary loan/document delivery.

For examples of projects presented at past forums, please see the ILL Discussion Group’s website:

Three projects will be selected for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion.
Proposals are due by December 1, 2012.  Notification of acceptance will be made by December 15, 2012.

Please send submissions by email to:
Ryan Litsey ( or Dallas Long (

Chair and Vice-Chair, ILL Discussion Group


Hello STARS and friends of STARS.

I do hope this finds you well.  I'm David Atkins, the 2012-13 Chair for RUSA/STARS.  As both chair and a STARS member, I am looking forward to another fun and productive year in service to resource sharing professionals everywhere.  For this year, STARS will build on our successes in research, education, and training.  Along with our midwinter and annual programming, STARS will launch an online interlibrary loan training course.  We'll also start using online tools that support virtual meetings.  Over the next two to three years, RUSA will channel resources to fund programming and promotional activities among RUSA and all its sections.  STARS will capitalize on any and all opportunities fund diverse professional development programs and give you more value for your time, energy, and dues.  

If you would like to become involved in our dynamic section or have questions out what STARS can do for you and your library, please drop me an email ( or give me a call (865-974-6866865-974-6866).  There is always room for more STARS.

David P. Atkins


                                                    ALA Midwinter 2013


Going to ALA Midwinter 2013 in Seattle, Washington?  RUSA STARS invites resource sharing staff of all levels to its free "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ILL" workshop being held Friday, Jaunary 25, 2013, from 8:30am-12:30pm at the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, University of Washington.

Click here to learn more about RUSA STARS Events happening at ALA Midwinter 2013.


The majority of the committee and task force appointments are made in the spring by matching STARS members' interests and background with the section's needs. If you are interested in contributing your ideas and talent to a STARS committee, please contact David Atkins, .

For more information about volunteering for RUSA and STARS, please visit our Volunteer page.


STARS-L Listserv

The STARS-L listserv is a discussion group dedicated to issues relating to interlibrary loan, document delivery, remote circulation, access services, cooperative reference, cooperative collection development, remote storage, and other shared library services by members of RUSA-STARS. This list is only open to RUSA-STARS members.

There are two ways to subscribe to STARS-L:

1. Send an e-mail to
In the Subject line, put: SUBSCRIBE STARS-L YOUR NAME
For example: SUBSCRIBE STARS-L Jane Smith
Do not put anything in the body of the message

2. Go to the ALA Mailing Lists service
Login or create a new account for the ALA Mailing List Service
Select "Reference and User Services Association" under "ALA Divisions"
Select "Subscribe" from the menu on the left
Agree to subscribe

When your request to subscribe has been approved by the list owners, you will receive an e-mail welcome message.