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Team Stryker Fundraising Update

For those of you following our progress to raise money for the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, we have good news.  With the help of our Atlas employees and friends, as of February 21 we have raised almost $1,200 on our way to our goal of $2,000!

Even better news—there’s still time to donate before the March 15 Shamrock 8K race in Virginia Beach where Team Stryker will be “Shamrocking for the Sarah Cannon Fund.”

Our list of Team Stryker donors includes several members of our ILLiad family who are attending the upcoming ILLiad conference. Thanks to a special donation from the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Sydney Thompson from North Carolina State University will be enjoying the conference from her upgraded corner oceanfront room and spending her $100 Catch 31 gift card!

It’s not too late to join Team Stryker and help our fundraising efforts for the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center.  Here’s how to donate:

Online:         sarahcannonfund.org
Phone:         (877) 467-1936 x116
Mail:             Make check out to Sarah Cannon Fund and mail to:

PearlPoint Cancer Support
310 25th Avenue North, Suite 103
Nashville, TN 37203

Please reference “Team Stryker” either on the “In Memory of/In Honor of” field on the website or on the “memo” line of your check – this is the only way we will be able to track the donations!  If you have any questions about donations please contact Dan Specht at Atlas Systems.

Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Award, 2014

The Rethinking Resource Sharing (RRS) Innovation Award recognizes and honors an individual or institution for making changes to improve user access to information through resource sharing in a library, consortium, state or country. The purpose of the award is to showcase innovation and to encourage librarians and libraries to change the way they do resource sharing to improve service to library users.  RRS seeks efforts in which individuals and/or organizations have taken the initiative to improve resource sharing services without waiting for others to reduce the barriers to information access.

The Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Award for 2014 consists of a $500.00 cash award and a citation.  In addition to showcasing the award-winning innovation, we will also recognize other highly valuable ideas on the Rethinking Resource Sharing website in the hope that they will inspire others to implement innovative resource sharing ideas, as well.

In 2013, the winner was the Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project, for the development and implementation of their Regional User Groups.

2014 is the seventh year in which the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative will select an innovation award winner. Funding for the 2014 Innovation Award is provided by Atlas Systems, Inc.

Eligibility:  Individuals, library institutions, and/or consortia may apply for or be nominated for the award.  Individuals nominated must be employed in a library (anywhere in the world) and hold some responsibility for their institution’s resource sharing services at the time they are nominated.  Nominated innovations must have been implemented in the past three years (after January 2011).

Application process:  We encourage self-nominations as well as nominations of other individuals/institutions/consortia.   Nominations should clearly describe the development and implementation of an innovative idea to improve resource sharing in a library, consortium, state/province or country, and include the following information:

  • Overview of the library or consortium in which the innovation is in place (e.g. size of institution, number of requests processed and filled, etc.)
  • How the individual/library/consortia determined that a change was needed in this area
  • How any barriers to implementing the new or improved service were overcome
  • How long the innovation has been in place; when was it implemented
  • Ways in which the new service or changes in an existing service improved user access to resources or information.  Provide statistics, examples and/or other indicators of positive impact
  • Ways in which the new or improved service aligns with some or all of the seven principles of the Rethinking Resource Sharing Manifesto
  • How the changes will be sustained. What steps are being taken to insure that the new or improved services will continue?

The deadline for applications/nominations is March 31, 2014

Submit applications/nominations to the Chair of the Rethinking Resource Sharing Award Committee:

Mary Lehane
Manager, Resource Sharing Department
York University Libraries
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON, Canada M3J 1P3
mlehane@yorku.ca

The Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Awards Committee for 2014:

Mary Lehane, Manager, Resource Sharing Department, York University. Chair
Margaret Ellingson, Head of Interlibrary Loan, R. W. Woodruff Libraries, Emory University
Beth Posner, Head, Interlibrary Loan Services, CUNY Graduate Center

Selection Criteria: The Award Committee will select the best-qualified innovation to receive this year’s award based on the completeness and quality of the application/nomination and on the impact that the innovation has made on user access to information and resources. Factors considered in selection of the award winner:

•Impact on users
•Scalability
•Sustainability
•Ability for other libraries/consortia to replicate the idea
•Initiative and risk-taking

The 2014 Award winner will be announced at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014.

Background:  The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative (RRSI) 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 related developments.

Team Stryker Fundraiser for the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center

As many of you are aware, Ares Product Liaison Rich Stryker is undergoing an experimental cancer treatment at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center in Tennessee.  The good news is that so far things are looking great and Rich is doing very well.  The Atlas team is so grateful for the care and support Rich has been receiving that we are undertaking a fundraising effort to help those folks in the future who may need the services of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center.

“Team Stryker” is a group of 21 Atlas employees, family, and friends who will be participating together in the Shamrock 8K on March 15, 2014 in Virginia Beach.  We’ll be “Shamrocking for the Sarah Cannon Fund” and working to reach several fundraising goals.  We’re reaching out to our friends, family, and extended Atlas family to ask for your support through your donations.

As a special incentive, Atlas CFO Dan Specht has challenged the team with a few fundraising goals.  If the team raises over $2,000 in advance of the race, Dan will provide a fabulous t-shirt for each team member.  The shirt is a long sleeve performance t-shirt featuring the team’s “Shamrocking for the Sarah Cannon Fund” logo. To help the team raise the money, Dan is extending the offer for the “Team Stryker” shirt to anyone who donates over $50.  Since we do not have access to the names of folks who donate, if you make a donation of $50 or more and would like a shirt please email Dan [dspecht@atlas-sys.com] with your size (we have men’s and women’s shirts).

Here’s how to donate:

Online: sarahcannonfund.org
Phone:  (877) 467-1936 x116
Mail:   Make check out to Sarah Cannon Fund and mail to:

  PearlPoint Cancer Support

  310 25th Avenue North, Suite 103

  Nashville, TN 37203

Please reference “Team Stryker” either on the “In Memory of/In Honor of” field on the website or on the “memo” line of your check – this is the only way we will be able to track the donations!  Also, if you have any questions about donations please contact Dan Specht at Atlas Systems.

By sheer coincidence the walk in Virginia Beach is just several days before the ILLiad conference March 18-20, 2014. We’ll soon be announcing some special links between the fundraising and the ILLiad conference so be sure to mark your calendar now and plan to join us for the conference!

Some more information about the Sarah Cannon Fund:

The Sarah Cannon Fund, established by PearlPoint Cancer Support, allows you to honor those who’ve been impacted by cancer and to express the gratitude you feel for those who’ve helped along the way. The Sarah Cannon Fund supports the efforts of PearlPoint Cancer Support, an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its mission to create a more confident cancer journey for adults anytime, anywhere. Support of the Fund enables the continuation of quality, innovative services for those impacted by cancer, with a special focus on promoting the awareness of and education around clinical trials.

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