[Libs-Or] 2009 Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Award Winners Announced

Brandie Baumann bbaumann at BCR.ORG
Mon Apr 20 09:38:24 PDT 2009

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Contact: Brandie Baumann, communications coordinator, 800.397.1552; bcrpress at bcr.org


Aurora, Colo., April 20, 2009 - Officials with the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative have honored three projects for innovative thinking in resource sharing, each recipient being recognized for improving patrons' access to library information through resource sharing.

The Initiative presented awards to the Orlando Memory Project, a digital archive and social networking community where the users select and contribute content; Rapid ILL, a collaborative article requesting and delivery system; and Kentucky Libraries Unbound, a digital collection of local history materials made available via OverDrive.

Each of the three award winners will receive $1,000 and will be recognized for their resource sharing efforts on May 13 at the Rethinking Resource Sharing Forum 2009, in Dublin, Ohio. (http://www.rethinkingresourcesharing.org/forum09/index.html)

Funding for the 2009 Innovation Awards is provided by the Alliance of Library Service Networks (http://www.librarynetworks.org), a group of U.S. independent regional networks that includes Amigos, BCR, FEDLINK, ILLINET, INCOLSA, MINITEX, MLC, MLNC, NELINET, Nylink, OHIONET, Lyrasis and WiLS. The Nebraska Library Commission is also a member.  OCLC and BCR provide on-going support for the initiative.

The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative is an ad hoc group that advocates for a complete rethink of the way libraries conduct resource sharing in the context of the global Internet revolution and all of the developments that have arisen from that.  The group is advocating for a revolution in the way libraries conduct resource sharing.

About BCR
BCR brings libraries together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. They offer a broad range of solutions and their hands-on, personal attention to each member enables them to deliver effective and timely solutions that help libraries keep pace with new developments in technology and services. BCR is the nation's oldest and most established multistate library cooperative. Since 1935, the BCR team has helped libraries learn new skills, reach patrons, increase productivity and save money. BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. For more information, visit www.BCR.org or email info at BCR.org.

Brandie Baumann
Communications Coordinator
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Aurora, CO 80014-1408
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