SHARES Best Practices


This project is an ongoing effort. The SHARES Best Practices Working Group is a standing group with rotating membership that will continue to develop this list of preferred practices.

Click here to see a list of specific collection sharing best practices divided into various categories.  Each category is presented on a grid consisting of four columns:

  1. Principle:  high-level collection sharing concepts of desired behavior.
  2. Best – General:  specific collection sharing best practices applicable to most any situation or consortium.
  3. Best Plus – SHARES:  specific collection sharing best practices reflecting the enhanced expectations and traditions among SHARES partners.
  4. The Worst:  a chance to vent about pet peeves and perceived crimes against collection sharing humanity.

The inaugural edition of the SHARES Best Practices working Group conceived of, and began assembling, a set of best practices in the following categories:

  • General
  • About You(r ILL unit)
  • Lending
  • Borrowing
  • Packaging and Shipping
  • International Packaging and Shipping

Some categories may not be present on the current version of the Best Practices grid; also, there are no doubt important categories we haven’t thought of yet.

SHARES participants are encouraged to contribute to this effort by:

  • Commenting on the Best Practices work by posting to the SHARES-L discussion list or by sending comments to the OCLC SHARES coordinator.
  • Using a template to send your own version of the Best Practices grid to the SHARES Best Practices Working Group for review; contact the OCLC SHARES coordinator to receive a copy of the template.