Wednesday, November 6 • 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Building a Community-owned Resource Sharing Platform

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Announced in 2018 by a group of consortial leaders, software developers, open source advocates, and resource sharing experts; Project ReShare is a community-driven effort to inject new life into the library resource sharing space. The goal: produce an interoperable, open source, scalable resource sharing platform. This user-friendly system will create: a shared index to communicate information about lendable materials within and across resource sharing groups, and A fulfillment system designed to modernize legacy ILL practices. How is ReShare different? Project ReShare is designed by and for its community of users, enabling the user to be in the center of every interaction. The result: a system that will allow libraries choice and opportunities to effectively share collections, empower decision making, and increase patron access to information. Attendees will learn how Project ReShare challenges long-held assumptions about traditional working relationships and business models between librarians and vendors. The presenters will describe a new model for collaboration where library stakeholders have influence over the tools they utilize every day. ReShare’s library-led product management process and the volunteer development effort by commercial companies create an exciting and strategic collaboration. The presenters believe this model is highly replicable and should be adopted in other settings. This session will provide attendees with an overview of the project and its current state of development and will discuss libraries’ role in advocacy for the use of standards and system interoperability. Finally, while ReShare’s near-term focus is resource sharing, the larger vision is to grow our platform and our conversation to encompass deeper integration and collaboration across collections, including shared analytics and collection management. We hope to inspire and encourage others to embrace this type of dynamic synergy. Just as the Dodo states “ The Best Way to Explain It is to Do It…”

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Anne McKee

Program Officer for Resource Sharing, Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA)
McKee received her M.L.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington with a very diverse career in librarianship. She has been an academic librarian, a sales rep for two subscription agencies and now a consortium officer for the past 19+ years. A former President of NASIG, McKee is a member... Read More →
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Sebastian Hammer

Co-Founder and President, Index Data
Co-founder of Index Data. Passionate about interoperable systems and collaborative software projects. I have worked with library technology for the better part of three decades.
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Nora Dethloff

Head of Research Materials Procurement, University of Houston Libraries
Nora Dethloff is the Head of Research Materials Procurement at the University of Houston's M.D. Anderson Library, where she oversees ILL, Acquisitions, and Electronic Resources. Her research interests include OA, OER, and copyright in libraries. She has presented at state, regional... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Citadel Green Room South, Embassy Suites Hotel 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

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