This year the SHARES Executive Group invites all SHARES members to participant in a suite of conversations and activities focused on four themes of vital interest to the consortium and to the entire resource sharing community.
SHARES is the resource sharing arm of the OCLC Research Partnership. SHARES supports active collaboration among its partner libraries and a generous resource sharing program, which provides onsite use and interlibrary loan of the SHARES libraries’ strong, rich, diverse, and unique collections.
SHARES partners explore and recommend current and innovative technologies, policies, and practices to facilitate this enhanced sharing. Recent SHARES working groups have explored packaging and shipping, ILL unit costs, collection-sharing best practices, and reciprocal onsite borrowing.
This international sharing partnership—together with OCLC Research technological support—expands and enhances local collections with materials owned by partners around the world.
Whether you are considering joining the consortium, have recently joined, or are experienced with SHARES, this webinar from 2013 highlights the benefits, obligations, and culture of the consortium.
The webinar features presentations by Bart Hollingsworth of Brown University and Jenny Lee of the University of California, Los Angeles, talking about why their institutions joined SHARES and the benefit that accrues to staff and patrons, and OCLC Research Program Officer Dennis Massie, providing context and history.
Throughout 2020, the SHARES Executive Group invites all SHARES participants to come together in conversation and action around four themes, starting with Making ILL Materials Accessible.
In 2018 and 2019, the SHARES Executive Group engaged with all SHARES participants in rethinking SHARES policies and values.