Save the Date: ASCLA/RUSA preconference tackles innovations in resource sharing for academic and public libraries

Calling all resource-sharing professionals! ASCLA’s Physical Delivery Interest Group and RUSA’s Rethinking Resource Sharing Steering Committee have teamed up to bring you “Discovery to Delivery: Rethinking Resource Sharing”, a full day preconference to be held at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Save the date for this workshop, which will be held Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This event will bring together discussions of the critical components of resource sharing in the academic and public library environments, including innovations in discovery and ILSs as well as trends in both physical and virtual delivery of library materials to users. Attendees will learn about radical resource sharing theories, the finances of interlibrary loan (ILL) and e-books, and the latest trends in physical delivery that will provide efficient, fast and comprehensive access to patrons.

Current speakers confirmed for this event include Marshall Breeding, Jamie LaRue, Jason Kucsma, Lori Ayre and other representatives from public and academic library consortia. In addition to panels and presentations, attendees will participate in breakout groups to further pursue ideas presented by the event speakers.

Registration for this event will open with ALA Annual Conference registration on Jan. 7, 2013. Ticket prices begin at $159 for ASCLA members. You will be able to register for this event without registering for the Annual Conference by selecting “Ticketed Events and Preconferences Only” as your registration type on the registration form. Stay tuned to the ALA website for more information about the conference.

Upcoming Webinar: Strategic Planning for Your Online Library Branch, May 10

An online library branch is an innovative way to provide enhanced 24-7 library services to your community.

Online library branches are also one way that many libraries are responding to rapidly advancing technologies, dynamic communications and shrinking budgets. Strategic planning is a crucial step libraries must take to ensure their online branch meets the business and technical requirements for the organization, while also addressing the needs of their multiple audiences. Seasoned strategic planners Cynthia Colmenares, CEO, Jack Frost Design and Beth Larkins, Account Manager, Jack Frost Design, will prepare you to take the first, most effective planning steps to meet these needs.

Our upcoming webinar, “Strategic Planning for Your Online Library Branch”, will be held Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 1:00-2:30 p.m. Central (Chicago) Time using Blackboard Collaborate. Registered participants will receive a link to the recorded session to rewatch at their convenience.


Individual registration fees start at $40 for ASCLA members. Groups wishing to participate in this session can register for a single login ($99), or pay just $38 per person for multiple logins (minimum 2 participants from the same library, library system or network. State libraries who are members of ASCLA receive significant savings, paying just $69 for a single login or $29 per person for multiple logins.

Register online now for these and other webinars.
Registration will remain open until close-of-business on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Group registration information is available at the ASCLA online learning page.
Questions about registration? Contact the ALA registration team at or (800) 545-2433, option 5.
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