Benefits of SHARES Participation
On-site access for one's constituency: partners give each other's visiting faculty and scholars the same degree of access to collections and services that they provide for their own communities.
As a SHARES participant, you receive the same treatment and access to partners' collections as their visiting faculty or scholars do.
"It is an underpublicized feature of SHARES, but the experiences I have had with the program left a profound feeling of value."
—Brigham Young University
"SHARES onsite access is essential. For long runs of items, it is often easier and more practical for the researcher to go to the holding library, particularly if relatively local. Also, researchers do not always have the time to wait for interlibrary loan. For the serious scholar, being able to actually browse a collection has enormous value."
Throughout 2021, 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.