Value of Resource Sharing Ad Hoc Discussion Group

Making the Case to Leadership
Understanding Library Users

Since June 2016, an informal group of library leaders specializing in resource sharing, assessment, IT, and collection management has met for lunch at the American Library Association annual and midwinter conferences. 

The discussion topic: How can we use data to measure and demonstrate the value of collection sharing to various stakeholders?

Discussions each time are guided by four questions:

  • What is the value of resource sharing?
  • To whom?
  • Can it be measured?
  • How do we expect it will change?

So far, the group has focused on two main areas of inquiry: 

  • Making the case for the value of resource sharing to the leadership of our umbrella organizations
  • Understanding what our library users want, need and value from collection sharing services

See the links below for syntheses of the group’s discussions, plus some resources on “making the case to leadership” and “understanding our users.”

Blog Posts:

Discussion notes:

Making the Case for the Value of Resource Sharing to the Leadership of Our Umbrella Organizations – Resources

Understanding What Our Library Users Want, Need and Value from Collection Sharing Services – Resources