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SHARES Policy Rethink

Throughout calendar year 2018 and into early 2019, the SHARES Executive Group (SEG) has engaged with all SHARES participants, and with staff at OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions who are considering joining SHARES, in rethinking SHARES policies and values. This Rethink has been organized around five themes, taken up and explored in sequence as the months unfold.

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SHARES Introduction

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.

SHARES is managed by the SHARES Executive Group. OCLC Research Library Partnership is a prerequisite to joining SHARES.

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.

Policy Rethink

Throughout 2018 and into early 2019, the SHARES Executive Group is engaging with all SHARES participants in rethinking SHARES policies and values.

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SHARES Project Team

SHARES is managed by the SHARES Executive Group


Dennis Massie

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