If you are a library director/manager/point of contact for all things OCLC, you should have received your annual renewal notice for ShareIdaho, Idaho’s Group Services Agreement with OCLC, via email today. If you did not receive this notice, and think that you should have, please let me know. If you do not intend to make any changes to your OCLC subscription, then your task is easy: do nothing! If you do wish to make changes to your OCLC subscription, please notify me in writing (email is fine!) no later than May 1, 2019. This is important, as unless this is communicated, your current subscription for services will be automatically renewed on July 1st.
Your library will be billed directly by OCLC. Please send your payments to them. This year, there will be a choice of billing options: annual, semiannual, quarterly, or monthly. Please advise which option you prefer, and please also be advised that these options will not alter the July 1st renewal date (and commencement of the new billing cycle), regardless of billing option selected.
As you may be aware, the ShareIdaho Management Center, the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ managed ILL service, launched in November 2017. For those libraries trying to determine whether this might be the best subscription option for them, here are a few key points to consider:
- The program was designed to save libraries that anticipate conducting a low volume of ILL transactions (40 or fewer) the cost of a full OCLC WorldShare ILL subscription
- Per OCLC policy, libraries participating in managed ILL services are not eligible to participate as lending libraries
- Libraries choosing this subscription have limited independence in managing their ILL transactions: they submit their requests to our Management Center, at which point the requests are routed to prospective lenders
- There will be no charge to participate in the ShareIdaho Management Center for Fiscal Year 2020
There is a wealth of information about the various ShareIdaho participation options, as well as training and support, here:
|ShareIdaho | Idaho Commission for Libraries
ShareIdaho is a system for resource sharing among Idaho libraries to build their capacity to provide access to information to their communities.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your participation and ongoing support of a strong resource sharing network in Idaho over the past decade.