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Friday, November 4 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Strengthening Regional Collections One Request at a Time: Using Resource Sharing Technology to Facilitate Coordinated Collection Development

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Academic library users in NYS benefit from the connection between resource sharing and collection development, where interlibrary loan is important and shared collections are valued. A need existed to connect the dots between library collection development and resource sharing cooperatives, where the strength of resource sharing groups is the strength of the combined, diversified collections of its members. The session will provide an overview of the need, illustrate the proposed solution, outline the implementation and plans for the future. The first phase of the project was to create a tool to develop collections reactively, by matching patron loan requests with a corresponding library's collection strengths, as indicated by a match with the library's collection building tool, and then provide libraries with communication and reports about requests within their desired collection areas. This tool makes use of IDS Logic, a service that helps automate workflows and provides data analysis tools for libraries using ILLiad resource sharing software.

Objective: We will demonstrate the use of technology to assist in true coordinated collection development, including the software need, the development of a patron-focused consortial collection analysis tool, and how the program works.

The audience will discuss
  • Solutions to barriers 
  • Strategies for scaling to libraries with varying needs
  • Strategies for deployment at libraries with more independent departments

Attendees will learn how two librarians from different departments partnered with an established resource sharing cooperative to automate the communication of targeted suggestions for purchase at partner libraries, an innovative solution to spark interest in cooperative collection development where previously there was resistance.

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Shannon Pritting

Director of Library and Learning Resources, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Shannon is currently the Library Director at the newly formed SUNY Polytechnic Institute, with sites in Albany and Utica NY. He has held positions in a variety of library areas including Reference, Instruction, Instructional Design, Resource Sharing, and Access Services. He has also... Read More →
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Kate Ross

Head of Technical Services, St. John Fisher College, Lavery Library
Kate Ross is the Head of Technical Services/Acquisitions Librarian at St. John Fisher College's Lavery Library in Rochester, NY. Since Kate was responsible for Interlibrary Loan in previous positions, she seeks out opportunities to work with Kourtney and other Interlibrary Loan practitioners... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 2:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Rutledge Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403