For immediate release | October 9, 2012

LLAMA webinar examines the future of library consortia

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is presenting a webinar,“Sharing Our Collections : Looking to the Future,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.

Cooperative and consortial resource sharing is blurring the lines between circulation, access services and interlibrary loan as libraries find new ways to share collections and create efficiencies. This webinar will look at the future of consortia: shared e-book collections, floating collections, cloud-based integrated library systems and the need to be increasingly flexible and collaborative to meet the opportunities and challenges of the future.


Carmit Marcus from Ex Libris will describe what is envisioned for next generation information systems and answer some of our questions about them. Carmit will use her experience as one of the developers of the Alma cloud-based ILS to explain how these systems are evolving to keep up with today’s technological advances.

Janet Schneider from the Arapahoe Library District will explain how floating collections in a multi-facility library system allow patrons to shape the collections at their home library. There are advantages to the floating collection concept as well as some challenges and requirements that need to be in place for successful implementation.

Linda Di Biase from the University of Washington will provide an overview of the groundbreaking Demand Driven Acquisitions (DDA) cooperative e-book purchasing project that the Orbis Cascade Alliance has implemented in collaboration with EBL and YBP. This demand-driven mode allows patron behavior to determine what is collectively owned by the consortia.

At the end of this program: participants will have a better understanding of evolving library systems and innovative approaches to providing user-center library services.


LLAMA member: $49

Non-LLAMA member $59

LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199

Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Register online:

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland,


Fred Reuland

Program Officer

Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)

1-800-545-2433 ext. 5032