Kerry Keegan, Editor
Letter from the Chair
My name is Megan Gaffney and I’m thrilled to introduce myself as STARS chair for 2018-
2019. I’ve been involved with STARS for over a decade and am honored to work with you all in
this role. Currently, I am the Coordinator of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services
at the University of Delaware Library in Newark, Delaware. I first joined STARS because I knew
it would provide me with a network of colleagues and resources to support my work in resource
sharing and I wasn’t disappointed.
Many thanks to past-Chair Micquel Little for leading our Section through another successful
year. Under Micquel’s leadership, STARS dealt well with change; we’re keeping up with new
structures within ALA and RUSA and looking at how STARS Committees can best reflect the
goals of the broader organizations. We consolidated our two discussion groups (the Interlibrary
Loan Discussion Group and the Hot Topics Discussion Group) into one, in response to
conference schedule changes. In June, the STARS Executive Committee voted to sunset the
LLAMA SASS/RUSA STARS Joint Committee on Consortial Borrowing to explore new ways to
connect people with interest in that topic. Committees continued to work on exciting projects
ranging from education about the “library public domain” to internal assessment of STARS
programming. I’m also grateful to the Outreach and Promotion Committee for planning a
wonderful STARS Social at ALA Annual in New Orleans. We all had fun catching up, welcoming
new STARS members, and celebrating our three award winners.
This year promises to be just as action-packed. We’ll continue our work evaluating STARS
Committees in the context of RUSA and ALA’s broader goals. The inaugural STARS Atlas
Systems Publication Recognition Award will be awarded, and I hope you’ll all consider
nominating your own – or a colleague’s – publication for consideration. A new international ILL
survey is forthcoming and the scheduled review of the Guidelines for ILL Operations
Management document will also take place. We’ll continue to seek ways to provide training to
members and non-members, alike, in the STARS areas of expertise, and the Rethinking
Resource Sharing Policies Committee will promote the RRS Checklist through its series of blog
Those activities are just examples of what’s coming for STARS in the next year, and I hope
you’ll stay engaged with us through Facebook, Twitter, our listserv, and our website to follow our
I also owe a great deal of thanks to all the Committee Chairs and members who volunteer their
time to make our organization so vibrant and effective. If you would like to get involved, don’t
hesitate to contact me.
Here’s to a fabulous year!
STARS Chair, 2018-2019
Rethinking Resource Sharing Policies Committee
The STARS Rethinking Resource Sharing Policies Committee has awarded Utica College’s
Frank E. Gannett Library three STARs in July. Keep an eye out for more blog posts explaining
STAR criteria (http://rethinkingresourcesharing.org/) and for a potential, upcoming program at
ALA Annual in June of 2019.
Amanda Musacchio, Chair
Research and Assessment Committee
The Research and Assessment Committee completed our assessment report on the 2018
RUSA STARS Annual ILL Hot Topics and Discussion Group. We have started to work, in
collaboration with others, on a special charge to explore whether the Resource Sharing
community should have a best practices/guideline/set of standards for statistical reporting. In
the upcoming months, we plan to identify ways to engage with others in the community who are
interested in this topic. If it is determined that we should recommend a course of action, it will be
presented to the STARS Executive Committee and STARS Codes and Guidelines Committee
for further work.
Lars Leon, Chair
International ILL Committee
At the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, the International ILL committee did a final review of the
2019 International ILL survey and associated introductory email. We are currently working on
making the approved changes to the survey instrument in Qualtrics; after this work is complete,
we will begin our efforts to translate the survey from English into the other six official IFLA
languages. The committee plans to run the survey in March of 2019, in coordination with IFLA.
Hilary Thompson, Chair
Legislation & Licensing Committee
The Legislation & Licensing Committee is in the process of discussing plans for the year,
including a review of Annual 2018; proposing a presentation for Annual 2019; considering the
possibility of hosting a webinar for the Division; discussing the Committee’s focus (given the
purpose of STARS is broader than interlibrary loan and document delivery); and continuing our
review of ShareILL’s wiki content on copyright and licensing.
William Gee, Chair
The Organization Committee has begun work on our charge to support STARS in evaluating the
current committee structure. We will create a standard evaluation form for each committee to
use and aim to complete the process by September 2019.
Bethany Sewall, Chair
Vendor Relations Committee
The Vendor Relations Committee has begun to analyze the results from the recently-concluded
survey of scanners. We anticipate results will be prepared by the end of this Summer and will
posted them to Share-ILL.
We have compiled a list of potential questions for a new survey of vendors that hopes to provide
better information about their contributions to Resource Sharing. The list is being vetted by
Committee members and the survey will be distributed later this year. Results will be used to
update Share-ILL and inform readers about available products to support their Resource
During ALA Annual, we asked attendees of the ILL Discussion / Hot Topics Discussion Group to
suggest future topics for the Committee to investigate. Responses were recorded and will be
discussed at an upcoming virtual meeting.
John de La Fontaine, Chair
Education and Training Committee
The Education and Training Committee is considering a revamp, given the number of other
groups that have been offering introductory Interlibrary Loan trainings. We are examining the
possibility of assuming the role of coordinator, more than facilitator, over the upcoming year.
Ryan Litsey, Chair
Boucher Award Committee
The Boucher Award Committee proudly presented Kurt Munson with the 2018 Virginia
Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award at the 2018 ALA Annual STARS Social in
Nominations for the 2019 award will be accepted beginning in October; official announcements
Karen Janke, Chair