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:
Manager, Resource Sharing Department
York University Libraries
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON, Canada M3J 1P3
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
•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.