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Christine Barth

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Good Morning!

The Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference is an annual meeting of resource sharing people from the Great Lakes states. This year, the conference is being held in Ohio. Learn more about the conference here:

There has been some talk of holding it in Wisconsin in 2019, probably near Madison or Milwaukee. The first step in bringing the conference here is to gauge local interest, however. Please take a moment to fill out this survey (, to give us an idea of how many Wisconsin interlibrary loan folks might be interested in attending.

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From the student newspaper at Lawrence University in Appleton.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31. CLICK HERE for the online submission form.

Mark your calendars for the 5th annual GLRSC: Charting Our Course Together on June 7-8, 2018
at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, OH
featuring a keynote presentation by George Needham, Director of the Delaware County District Library

This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to trade information and network with other colleagues. Watch for updates on the conference website at Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have a new idea or success story to share? We are accepting program proposals through January 31, 2018 on any of the following topic areas:

• Resource Sharing Best Practices
• Marketing Services
• Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
• Workflow Improvements
• Cooperative Collection Development
• Consortial or Group Purchasing
• Purchase on Demand
• Delivery Solutions
• Data-Driven Decision-Making • Reciprocal Borrowing
• Shared Staffing and Training
• Shared Discovery Layers
• E-Books
• Resource Sharing in Next Gen Systems
• Shared Print Projects
• Open Educational Resources
• Cross-Departmental Collaboration

Proposed presentations should be 45 minutes in length including time for questions. CLICK HERE for the online submission form. A call for proposals for lightning round presentations (15 minutes in length) will be announced in February.

Accepted presenters will have the opportunity to publish a version of their conference presentation to the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserves in a special issue, but will not be obligated to do so.

Each proposal should include a title, description, and abstract. Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, with selected presenters notified by February 16, 2018. Please direct any questions to Amanda Musacchio ( and Mark Sullivan (

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Don't even think about it.

I’ve received several messages from disgruntled lenders. Please remember to check the publication date of an item before submitting a request. 2018 , is of course, a no-brainer, but don’t forget 2017. Many items published in 2017 are either in high demand or were published toward the end of the year. Staff creating requests and approving patron-initiated requests should always check the date. It’s helpful to have an Amazon window open to quickly check publication date.

Please see information below from the Wisconsin Interlibrary Loan Guidelines

Fire and Fury? Don’t even think about it.

4.7 Materials in High Demand (pp. 7-8)
Requesting libraries should screen requests to determine if a title is too new or popular to request outside of their library system. Using various bestseller lists and shared online catalogs may identify popular titles. To help determine if an item is in high demand, the following process is suggested.

• Review the number of holds in local or system shared integrated systems. A large number of holds would indicate that the material is in high demand.
• Check the In Constant Demand List compiled by Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning
• Newspaper or magazine bestseller lists.
• Minitex In Constant Demand List is available for requests referred to Minitex.

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Hi all,

At the end of December Gail sent out a message regarding Arrowhead’s ILS move to the SHARE catalog. They will now join Lakeshores and Kenosha County. On Thursday 12/28, the RockCat zTarget was removed from WISCAT and Arrowhead libraries have temporarily suspended their borrowing and lending. Until the migration is complete, please be aware that Arrowhead libraries are unable to grant renewal requests or answer conditional messages. They should be up and running again on January 11.

Thank you for your patience!

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WISCAT User Group Meetings - 2018

Hi all,

We have scheduled the quarterly WISCAT User Group meetings for 2018. Please save the dates. We’ve chosen different days of the week and meeting times in an effort to cover different library staff schedules.

Wednesday, Jan. 24 10-11am
Tuesday, April 24 11- 12am
Thursday, July 26 2-3pm
Friday, October 26 10-11am

Agendas and log on information will be sent two weeks before the scheduled date. The first part of the meetings will be recorded for those unable to attend. If you have questions or discussion topics not covered in the agenda, please plan to attend the meeting as this portion of the session will not be recorded.

If there are topics you would like included in these sessions please let us know. At this time, possible topics include:

• ILL best practices
• Searching
• Request Creation
• Lending responsibilities
• Request Manager
• UX Admin
• Cataloging
• Patron Initiated requesting
• Participant record

Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

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2018 Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference
Call for Proposals

This is awesome! Book dedications that thank Interlibrary Loan librarians by author Ann Leckie!

From "Ancillary sword":
Thanks to the St. Louis County Library, the Webster University Library, and the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County.* And to all the folks who make Interlibrary Loan a reality. Seriously. Interlibrary Loan is the most amazing thing.*

From "Provenance":
I will always have a grateful shout-out for my local libraries: St Louis County Library, St Louis County Library Consortium, St. Louis Public Library, the Webster University Library, and University of Missouri St Louis' Thomas Jefferson Library. *And to all the Interlibrary Loans librarians out there--you rule. Libraries are a public good. They make the world a better place. Please support your local
libraries whatever way you can, even if it's just checking out books.*

Help us keep the Book Kit List up-to-date

Many thanks to all the libraries that are willing to share their book kits with the rest of the state. While we would much rather add titles rather than remove them, we know that sometimes it’s best to weed your collection. If you have kits on the list, please check to make sure that you still own the kits.

Check out the list here: .

Thank you!

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