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The Sharing Visions conference took place on November 18, 2020.

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Conference host Zach Berger, Chair of the Library of Rhode Island Resource Sharing Working Group, welcomes attendees.

Opening remarks are provided by:
Karen Mellor, Chief of Library Services for the State of Rhode Island
James Lonergan, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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Keynote Speaker: Trevor A. Dawes

Is True Resource Sharing Now a Reality? 

In this presentation, Dawes examines where libraries have been with respect to resource sharing and posits that resource sharing will be an even more integral part of libraries’ operations. 

Trevor A. Dawes has worked in the academic library sector for over 20 years developing and providing a range of service-enhancing training and professional development opportunities that positively impact library-wide projects and programs. Dawes also facilitates workshops on leadership development and diversity, improving the knowledge, skills, competencies, and abilities of librarians and library workers. A published author and presenter, Dawes has written or edited books, book chapters, and articles, and presented on a variety of topics at local, national, and international conferences.  

Dawes earned his Master of Library Science from Rutgers University and has two additional Master's Degrees in Educational Leadership and Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. To learn more about him, please visit his LinkedIn page.

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Standards as Frameworks for Connection and Collaboration

Standards and recommended practices, by their very nature, are meant to support interoperability and collaboration between partners. In the library and information space served by NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, these functions are key to enabling better support for efficient resource sharing efforts between libraries of all types. This talk provides an overview of NISO projects supporting description, discovery, delivery and access, how they are created by industry experts working with each other, and describes how these standards and recommended practices enable libraries to maximize and extend their own efforts to provide access to materials.

Nettie Lagace is the Associate Executive Director at NISO, where she is responsible for facilitating the work of NISO’s topic committees and development groups for standards and best practices, and working with the community to encourage broad adoption of this consensus work. Prior to joining NISO in 2011, Nettie worked for a library software vendor, where she served for 11 years as project training librarian and product manager. She holds a M.I.L.S. from the University of Michigan.

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Are You Being FulfILLed?

Are you searching for an open source alternative to interlibrary loan?  Join staff from the Bibliomation, Connecticut’s largest library consortium and the Connecticut State Library (CSL) Digital Library team to learn how they partnered using the FulfILLment software to create an open source statewide interlibrary loan service.  They share the evolution of the project, its current status, and CSL’s future visions for interlibrary loan.

Brad Bullis, Digital Content and Innovation Coordinator, Connecticut State Library
Gail Hurley, Consultant, Connecticut State Library
Amy Terlaga, Director of Member Services, Bibliomation

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 Project ReShare: A Community-Owned Resource Sharing System

Project ReShare is a community of libraries, consortia, and companies that came together in 2018 to create a new resource sharing platform, co-owned and managed by its community of users and based on open standards and open technologies. ReShare is scheduled to begin testing in 2020. The presenters talk about some of the backgroundwhy did they decide to come together in this way; what makes Project ReShare uniqueand give a brief demonstration of the current state of the software and the project's future roadmap.

Session Host Walter Stine is the Executive Director of Fenway Library Organization 
Sebastian Hammer
is the CoFounder and President of Index Data.
Jill Morris is the Executive Director of PALCI, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium.
Kristen Wilson is Project Manager and Business Analyst at Index Data.


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Expanding Patron Identity: Issues, Options, and Opportunities

Can and should libraries provide modern, reusable individual identity services for borrowers, members, and other patrons? This short talk summarizes the current individual identity standards and common services widely used today in commerce, industry, and social media and asks how a library organization could accept and provide these services for the public. Potential issues, options, challenges, and opportunities are sketched out for consideration and discussion.

Daniel “Dazza” Greenwood is a researcher at MIT Media Lab and Lecturer at Connection Science in the MIT School of Engineering, where he is advancing the field of computational law and building out the research portfolio. Dazza is also founder of, a boutique provider of professional consultancy services for legal technologies, automated transactions, data management, and technology strategy.

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Resource Sharing on the Move: Sustainability of Library Physical Delivery

This presentation showcases the state of physical delivery of three state-wide library delivery services: Connecticut, Maine, and Rhode Island. Panelists present on governance, state-specific challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities for future conversation and collaborations.

Chaichin Chen ‚Äčis the Resource Sharing Coordinator from the Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services.  She oversees the Library of Rhode Island (LORI) network. In addition to the LORI network, she leads the Web Development Team, develops continuing education programs, and is the Library E-rate Coordinator for Rhode Island. Prior to OLIS, Chaichin was the Director of the State Publication Clearinghouse at the RI State Library and a Technical Information Specialist with Plan International in Warwick. Chaichin holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Dawn LaValle is the Director of the Division of Library Development for the Connecticut State Library (CSL) which provides leadership, funding, education, and statewide services that enhance a local library's ability to deliver high-quality library service to their community. Dawn is a Certified Strategic Foresight Practitioner and a Disruption Navigator for Libraries. She is focused on fostering a more collaborative innovative culture within library services and solutions, and on instilling 21st Century mindsets in the next generation of library leaders.  She serves as the Project Director for CSL’s IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Library Programming grant,  “EXCITE Transformation for Libraries/The Futures School,”  to re-envision the future state of libraries as 21st Century anchors of the community and innovation destinations and to train librarians to develop foresight mindsets and skillsets ensuring futures ready intelligence.

Janet McKenney is currently the Director of Library Development and LSTA Coordinator for the Maine State Library (MSL) whose goal is to “Make Maine Libraries Stronger”.  She manages all statewide services for public, academic, K-12, and special libraries funded by LSTA and the state general fund. 

Janet has worked in public, academic, and special libraries for over 30 years. Prior to working at the MSL, Janet worked at the University of Southern Maine for 10 years as a technology trainer and Circuit Rider for the Maine School and Library Network (MSLN). She is currently working with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on the Real World, Real Science NASA grant that promotes data and climate literacy for middle school students and teachers and will create partnerships with local libraries to strengthen climate literacy in Maine Communities. Janet is a graduate of ALA’s Inaugural ALA Leadership Institute: Leading to the Future. The focus of her librarianship has been on the changes new and emerging technologies bring to libraries, their services, and their communities.

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Closing Remarks

Maureen Sullivan, Interim State Librarian at the Connecticut State Library, delivers closing remarks.

Presenter resources:

  • Zach Berger, Chair of Library of Rhode Island (LORI) Resource Sharing Working Group | Adult Services Librarian, Cranston Public Library | Member Services Librarian, Rhode Island Library Information Network for Kids (RILINK) 

  • Chaichin Chen, Resource Sharing Coordinator, Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services,

  • Scott Kehoe, MassCat and IT Manager, Massachusetts Library System,

  • Paul Kissman, Library Information Systems Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners,

  • Dawn La Valle, Director, Division of Library Development, Connecticut State Library,

  • Jana Stevenson, Library Director, Warwick Public Library

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