Monday, April 6, 2015

News from Minitex Resource Sharing

Guest Post contributed by Carol Nelson, Resource Sharing Manager at Minitex

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The Minitex office located at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis is a network that includes libraries in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Wisconsin libraries have had a reciprocal agreement for resource sharing with Minitex for over 30 years. Wisconsin libraries currently share materials with Minitex via WISCAT or OCLC.  In 2014, 26,000 items were shared between WISCAT and Minitex libraries.  Both WISCAT and Minitex have a 90% fill rate.

Whenever possible, requested articles are electronically transmitted directly to the patron's library. Returnable items are delivered via the Minitex overnight delivery system to Wisconsin’s South Central Library System (SCLS). For more information about Minitex Resource Sharing, check out our video:  Minitex Minutes - Introduction to Resource Sharing.

We also invite library staff at Wisconsin libraries to join us at the 24th Annual Minitex ILL Conference on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, featuring an impressive lineup of speakers, including Lorcan Dempsey, Dennis Massie, and Marshall Breeding.

Lorcan Dempsey coordinates strategic planning and oversees Research, Membership, and Community Relations at OCLC. Lorcan will be discussing the change from thinking of “the user in the life of the library” to “the library in the life of the user.” This shift has implications in our thinking about services, space, and collections. His presentation will draw on the work of OCLC Research and Community Relations in relation to broader trends.

Dennis Massie coordinates the SHARES resource sharing consortium for the OCLC Research Library Partnership and is involved with other OCLC Research projects. Dennis will focus on sharing special collections and managing the transition from mostly print journal collections to mostly electronic. His presentation will provide an interpretation of the results of a study of the Borrow Direct Consortium, and what that means more broadly for the future of interlibrary loan.

Marshall Breeding is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides. His monthly column, Systems Librarian, appears in Computers in Libraries. Marshall will discuss how libraries are adapting collections and services to meet the changing realities around them. He will provide his views on the landscape of the strategic technology products currently available in the field and the companies that develop and support them.

The conference will be held from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM at:

Continuing Education & Conference Center
University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

The registration deadline is May 5, 2015.

Written by:
Carol Nelson, Minitex