ASCLA Consortium Management Interest Group Section
The deadline for proposals for ASCLA's 2014 Annual Conference programs, preconferences and Midwinter Meeting institutes has been extended to June 1!
More details at the ASCLA blog: http://ascla.ala.org/blog/2013/04/call-for-proposals-ascla-2014-programs-preconferences-institutes/
**Who can propose a program, institute or preconference?** Any current ASCLA member can propose one of these events, however we strongly encourage support and sponsorship from one of our interest groups! If you’re not an interest group member, consider joining one and using the group as a springboard for your conference event ideas. Check out the list of our interest groups, contact information for interest group leaders and instructions on how to join.
**What sorts of topics are of interest?** The best topics represent ASCLA’s core member areas–state library agencies, special populations librarians, independent librarians and library consultants, and resource-sharing librarians at networks and cooperatives–but are also of interest to librarians throughout the profession from all types of libraries. Keep in mind that topics should still be relevant in January and June 2014 when they are finally presented! You can browse our interest group list here for inspiration.
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We look forward to reviewing your submissions. :o)
The ASCLA ICAN Consortium Management Discussion Interest Group will meet at our usual time - Sunday, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the Hyatt Regency Orange County in the Madrid room. Agenda items include:
- What is the future of this discussion group?
- How would you like to see the group organized? do we develop a program? Have a speaker?
- Mid-winter - Seattle, do we meet?
- Annual Meeting - Chicago
I hope those of you interested in the challenges as well as the achievements of today's consortia and wish to network with colleagues across the country, please plan on attending!
Interface, ASCLA's e-newsletter, would like to hear from your interest group about any activities, projects, or plans that you are working on.
Please send a paragraph or 2 to Anne Abate: firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 15, 2011. We'll also include the link to your connect group if you provide it so that you can recruit more members!
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I notice that there are now 20 members of this group. But no discussion. Maybe a good way to get started would be for members to introduce themselves, and list/describe the consortia with which they are involved. Anyway, I'm happy to begin:
I'm Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager for the Washington State Library, an LSTA funded position in the Library Development Program at WSL.
Currently I manage one formal consortium, the Washington Digital Library Consortium (WDLC) which was formed for the purpose of sharing the resources of the Washington Anytime Library, an OverDrive collection. This consortium was formed in 2008, and was founded by a couple of Washington public libraries. The collection provides both eAudiobooks and eBooks to its members and their patrons.
The WDLC initially had 7 members. When the State Library assumed management of the consortium in 2010, there were 9 members. Since that time we have expanded to 26 members, and are still growing. All but one of the public library members serve populations under 100,000, and most under 50K, with 11 members under 10K population served.
This consortium is part of our LSTA funded "Off the Page: Downloadable Audiobooks for Washington" project which I manage. In addition to the OverDrive consortium, we have a contract--originally with OCLC NetLibrary, then EBSCO--to provide subscriptions to several collections of unlimited use eAudiobooks from Recorded Books. Currently that contract is moving to Recorded Books. This is not a formal consortium, but is managed as a project of the State Library partially funded with LSTA resources. Over 40 public libraries, a handful of academic libraries, and over 300 schools or school districts currently participate.
I also manage the Statewide Database Licensing project, which provides an aggregated periodical database, Washington and national newspapers, and a collection of resources for children and students to most libraries in the state, including public libraries, private academic, community and technical colleges, K-12 schools, and special (research, hospital, and gov't agency) libraries. This project is not organized as a formal consortium, but functions much like one. Half the annual cost of our contract is paid with LSTA funds; the remainder is contributed by the participating libraries.
I also manage our statewide catalog project, which provides Wayfinder: The Catalog of Washington Libraries to the state. Wayfinder is a subset of OCLC's WorldCat database, and is the product of Washington Group Services, a significant pool of WA libraries that joined together to purchase their basic OCLC services: cataloging, resource sharing (ILL), and WorldCat subscriptions. Again, not a formal consortium, but with some consortia-like activities. Wayfinder itself is funded with LSTA funds, but all partner libraries pay their own individual OCLC costs, with the exception of a handful of small libraries that are having some or all of their startup OCLC costs subsidized with LSTA funds for a limited period to help them get started, and to assist in getting their holdings into WorldCat.
Well there you have it. That's what I do, and frankly, any one of these projects could easily provide full-time job security, but I do my best to keep all of them running as smoothly as possible.
Now I'd love to hear from some of the rest of you!