STARS Committees



STARS Committee and Task Force Charges

Each spring, the vice-chair of STARS appoints STARS members to our various committees. As a committee member, you can help shape the future of resource sharing in the US and internationally. STARS committees and events are excellent places for networking and information sharing, and STARS committees produce well-received programs and pre-conferences. If you would like to be considered for appointment to a  STARS Committee or Task Force, please fill out the committee volunteer form. Although appointments are normally made in the Spring, the vice-chair will retain volunteer forms received at other times and may make appointments throughout the year as vacancies arise.


Boucher Award Committee - Solicits and evaluates nominations for the Virginia Boucher OCLC Distinguished Interlibrary Loan Librarian Award; selects winner and presents award at the ALA Annual Conference.


Codes, Guidelines, and Technical Standards Committee - Maintains and promotes the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States; develops, maintains and promotes other guidelines in support of resource sharing; monitors and, as appropriate, collaborates in the development of relevant guidelines and technical standards by other entities.


Education and Training Committee - Develops continuing education programs in a variety of formats and venues based on the needs of the resource sharing community; establishes links with other entities involved in developing similar kinds of educational programs.


Executive Committee - Provides leadership, coordination and direction for STARS and act on behalf of the section between meetings; Makes recommendations to the RUSA Board regarding section policy and operations; Oversees the budget & finance of the section; Establishes, evaluates, and oversees the committees dedicated to conference program planning, membership, and other activities of the section.


International ILL Committee - Evaluates trends in international interlibrary Loan and resource sharing. Develops materials and resources for international ILL practitioners. Sponsors and promotes international ILL resource sharing efforts, research projects, training and professional development and liaison opportunities.


Legislation and Licensing Committee - Monitors legislative and regulatory developments affecting resource sharing; elicits concerns regarding legislative and regulatory issues that impinge upon resource sharing; develops and publicizes strategies for responding to these issues.


Nominating Committee - Solicits nominations and prepares a slate of candidates for elected positions on the STARS Executive Committee.


Organization Committee - To advise the STARS Executive Committee regarding the structural organization of the section; to develop, review, and maintain the section handbook and bylaws; to participate in planning for the section and to monitor and report on progress toward meeting the section's goals.


Outreach and Promotion Committee - To propose, develop and implement strategies to increase membership and to retain existing members in the section; to serve as the public relations arm of STARS by promoting involvement in STARS committees and social events and making the community aware of STARS activities; to collaborate and coordinate with STARS committees on membership issues and services for the section and the division.


Publication Recognition Award Committee - Administers a $1,200 award to highlight and encourage excellence in publication in STARS areas, including interlibrary loan, document delivery, remote circulation, access services, cooperative reference, cooperative collection development, remote storage and other shared library services.


STARS-Atlas Systems Mentoring Award - Solicits and evaluates nominations for the STARS-Atlas Systems Mentoring Award.  This award offers $1,000 to fund travel expenses associated with attending ALA’s annual conference. The recipient will be a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who has daily, hands-on involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery, or resource sharing.

ILL Discussion Group Chair (2023-2024): The RUSA STARS ILL Discussion Group stimulates conversation and encourages knowledge sharing about current concerns, issues and best practices related to ILL and resource sharing at the national level.

Access to Resources Discussion Group Chair (2023-2024): The RUSA STARS Access to Resources Discussion Group converses about topics related to access services, user services, circulation, course reserves, and other access to resources related topics.

On Hiatus for  2023-2024:


The following committees are no longer active:


CODES/STARS Cooperative Collection Development Committee (Joint RUSA STARS and RUSA CODES) - Studies, promotes, and supports cooperative collection development and related user service issues.


LLAMA SASS/RUSA STARS Consortial Borrowing Joint Committee - To provide a collaborative venue between RUSA/STARS and LAMA SASS that draws together the management of technology for remote circulation and cooperative access with access services practitioners and product vendors to improve and enhance resource sharing methods, services, and products through the sponsorship of programs, discussions, publications, and projects.


Task Force on Resource Sharing Response to Natural Disasters - Study and make recommendations for resource-sharing response to natural or man-made disasters affecting libraries and their collections.     Recommend communication channels and processes for assisting affected libraries.   The Task Force will report to the RUSA STARS Executive Committee. Duration:   January 2006-June 2007, with interim report at ALA Annual Meeting 2006 in New Orleans.


Task Force on Qualifications for Interlibrary Loan Operations Management - Study and make recommendations regarding the qualifications needed for managers of interlibrary loan and document delivery services.     Recommend guidelines for hiring, training and maintaining the skills of interlibrary loan managers. Provide supporting documentation for libraries exploring and/or questioning the need for library professionals in interlibrary loan operations. The Task Force will report to the ALA/RUSA/STARS Executive Committee, in consultation with the ALA/RUSA/STARS ILL Committee. Duration: December 2005-Midwinter 2007 with an interim report Annual Conference 2006.