SHARES discussion: Sharing Special Collections—Borrowing, lending, and packaging physical items

Join this discussion session to dive into the practical issues involved in borrowing, lending and packing special collections materials.


The OCLC SHARES Sharing Special Collections Working Group has compiled the tools your library needs to sensibly borrow and lend special collections materials. Join us for three virtual sessions that will guide you through step-by-step preparations for implementing the Principles and Protocols for Sharing Special Collections through Interlibrary Loan, adopted by SHARES in July 2021.

This third and final session, offered in a participatory discussion format, will take a close look at practical issues involved in borrowing, lending, and packing special collections materials. Join us for an overview of tools and the opportunity to ask questions and discuss strategies with peers and colleagues. Materials to be covered include:

Led by

  • Dennis Massie, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research
  • Brian Miller, Head of Interlibrary Services, The Ohio State University

This opportunity is a follow-up of the October OCLC SHARES Webinar, Implementing the SHARES Sharing Special Collections Principles and Protocols: Overview. In advance of the discussion, we encourage participants to watch the webinar recording.

This discussion will not be recorded or shared after the fact, but we will summarize the discussion in a forthcoming post in the OCLC Research blog, Hanging Together.

These sessions are open to staff at any OCLC Research Library Partnership member institution

Interlibrary loan practitioners, special collections curators/staff, administrators, digitization units, mailroom personnel, and other local stakeholders with an interest in sharing and stewarding collections are encouraged to attend. Consider inviting colleagues from your library to join the discussion.

Register to attend


08 December 2022


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners. This discussion will not be recorded.