preconference planning 2008 RUSA STARS annual conference

stars preconference annual 2008: throw off your policies and expose your resources: rethinking resource sharing

Date: June 27, 2008

The preconference will be held the Friday prior to ALA Annual meeting in Anaheim, CA.

Time: 8:30am – 4:00 pm

registration rates: advanced rates rusa member: $135. ala member: $185. non-member: $250. retired/student member: $99. onsite registration fees rusa member: $160. ala member:$210. non-member:$275. retired/student member: $125

registration info

Registration is now open for the 2008 Annual Conference. Please visit the conference registration site for information about online, mail, or fax registration options:

Early Bird registration (for the conference itself) closes on March 7, 2008, and Advance Registration rates then take effect.

Advance registration for both the conference and preconference closes May 16, 2008. After this date, registrations will only be available at the onsite rate.

To register for the preconference, use event code RU4.

If you've already registered for the conference and would like to add the preconference, please visit this website:

about the preconference

The session will help library administrators and ILL librarians interested in the future of library resource sharing discover innovative ways – such as a plug-in that helps users find material in libraries or on the Internet, a manifesto that sets the stage for new lending policies, scan-on-demand services, and the promise of home delivery – that will 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.

This day is designed to give librarians an opportunity to develop creative responses to the changing expectations of library users’ and ideas about ways to improve service to our patrons, some of which might even save your library money one day. Stephen Abram, the guru for library innovation will spearhead an interactive presentation talking specifically about resource sharing for the first time. Gina Persichini, Perry Willett, Beth Posner, Jim Myers, Michelle Jeske and other resource sharing professionals will lead sessions that will help you rethink resource sharing.

The preconference will be useful for library managers who have the ability to make change happen, front line librarians in resource sharing who will be implementing changes, resource sharing staff responsible for setting resource sharing policies, and for anyone wanting help thinking about the big picture for resource sharing.

To learn more about the Rethinking Resource Sharing initiative, please visit their website:

Download the preconference schedule and list of speakers

preconference sponsors

Several valued members of the resource sharing community are sponsoring the RUSA STARS pre-conference for ALA Annual 2008. We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support. If you are interested in sponsoring this pre-conference, please contact Thank you!!

Platinum Sponsors:


Silver Sponsors:

Emerald Group Publishing Limited


Relais International


Sponsorship Levels:

  • Bronze: up to $499
  • Silver: $500-$999
  • Gold: $1000-$1499
  • Platinum: $1500+

preconference committee chair

Anne K. Beaubien, RUSA STARS Preconference Planning Committee 2008


preconference committee roster

Please visit the
RUSA Rosters site to contact Preconference Planning Committee Members.