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 CANCELLED. Resource Sharing Updates (In Person Workshop)

CANCELLED. Resource Sharing Updates (In Person Workshop)9:30AM-3:00PM April 24th, 2024


CANCELLED. This event will be postponed until October 2024 and most likely moved online.

Join us to network with your Resource Sharing colleagues, learn about some updates in the field, and tour Cornell University's Africana Research Center and Library.


Finger Lakes Library System, 1300 Dryden Road, Ithaca &

Africana Studies and Research Center, 310 Triphammer Rd., Ithaca

The cost of the conference is $20 and includes lunch. Register at the bottom of this page.



Light breakfast & Networking


CrossLink with Mark Sullivan

CrossLink aims to improve the efficiency and lower the cost of resource sharing while promoting the interoperability among different systems using a customized discovery system and ISO18626 to broker requests. This session will go over the current status of the development of CrossLink, the different modules being built, and the plans for the future of resource sharing.


We can still get it: Adventuring outside the norm with Sarah Shank

Has your library been thinking about changing up their Resource Sharing practices? Come hear Ithaca College’s story about becoming the first North American library to migrate away from Worldshare to Rapido. Why would anyone choose to make this kind of switch? How does one prepare for the ‘unknowns’ associated with a brand-new product? What were some of the biggest struggles faced while transitioning to a brand-new product? How long does transitioning take? In this presentation you will learn the answers to these questions (and more).


Empire Library Delivery with Maria DeGaetano

Maria will provide an update to the Empire Library Delivery’s (ELD) policies and procedures. ELD makes resource sharing connections among all types of libraries affordable and streamlined. ELD provides return on investment for libraries by providing a convenient, affordable, and tailored delivery service to institutions, thereby supporting increased statewide resource sharing among ELD participants. By bundling shipments of library materials, ELD assists libraries in quickly getting items into the hands of users.


Catered lunch


Head to the Africana Studies and Research Center


Tour and presentation at the Africana Library

with Kofi Acree and Patricia Abraham

Learn more about the history of the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library; their collection and their ILL lending practices; the librarian's liaison work on campus; and some of their special projects, including a quilting exhibit curated by Patricia, Ties That Bind: Quilting at the Clarke Africana Library and a display that will be at the library commemorating the Willard Straight Hall Student Occupation commencing on April 19, 1969, which led to the establishment of an Africana Studies curriculum at Cornell.

Mark Sullivan.pngMark Sullivan is the E.D of the IDS Project, a library resource sharing consortium based at SUNY Geneseo. Mark earned an MLS from the University at Buffalo. Mark is currently working on a new resource sharing system called CrossLink, supported by a 2023 IMLS grant.


Sarah Shank.pngSarah Shank is the Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Coordinator for the Ithaca College Library and holds an MLIS from Drexel University. She has been adapting ILL workflows to Rapido since 2021 and has been working in the Resource Sharing world for the past twenty years.


Maria DeGaetano.jpgMaria DeGaetano is the Business Services Coordinator at the Capital District Library Council. She runs the Empire State Library Network's Empire Library Delivery program.


Mwalimu Kofi Acree.pngMwalimu Kofi Acree is the Director for the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library and Curator of Africana Collections for the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. He provides leadership for the Clarke Africana Library as well as advancement strategies for student and faculty learning and development of library collections in support of educational research related to the rare and distinctive collections in African and the African diaspora. The title Mwalimu is Kiswahili (language of the Swahili people) which in part means one who teaches. In this situation using the title Mwalimu is likened to using Professor.

Patricia Abraham.pngPatricia Abraham has been the Assistant Librarian at the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library since 2022. She helps to connect the Africana Library with other libraries on campus and showcase its amazing resources and strong holdings of materials celebrating African, Caribbean, and African-American history and literature. She enjoys being in a work space that celebrates her culture and prioritizes Black academia and excellence. Originally from Brooklyn, she attended Syracuse University and completed her Master’s in Africana Studies at Cornell. One of Patricia's passions (and subject of her thesis) is Dancehall culture and music, which she has presented to different audiences at Cornell.

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