Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Introduction to Resource Sharing and Interlibrary Loan Services

Instructor: Freeda Brook

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Interlibrary loan remains an important function for libraries to connect their patrons with needed resources. While systems and technologies have changed over time, the need for some system of resource sharing across institutions remains, and is perhaps more valuable than ever in an era of institutional scarcity.

In this four week course, participants will learn the fundamental policies and practices of resource sharing, including copyright, systems, and workflows. At the same time, they will engage with the values that support and inspire resource sharing practices, such as access to information and user privacy. This course is appropriate for librarians and other staff who are new to working with resource sharing, and it is designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of practices at their own institutions.

Course outline:

  • Week 1: Values, Terminology, and Policies
  • Week 2: Copyright and Licensing
  • Week 3: Practices, Workflows, and Systems
  • Week 4: Management and Trends

After the course, participants will be able to:

  • Perform the basic functions of resource sharing in libraries
  • Interpret and apply copyright and licensing parameters as they relate to resource sharing practices
  • Analyze interlibrary loan workflows at their institution
  • Discuss the underlying values and current trends in resource sharing
Freeda Brook

Freeda Brook is the Acquisitions and Resource Management Librarian at Luther College in Decorah, IA. She holds a BA in Political Science from Grinnell College and a MLIS and MPA from University of Washington. Her research areas include critical race studies, scholarly communication and open access, copyright, and Wikipedia.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.