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Special Interest Group Archive: Resource Sharing 2/19/2018

These are the notes from meetings dating back to 2015.

Meeting Overview

The Resource Sharing SIG met on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Southeastern and was facilitated by Theresa Davis of Mount Saint Mary College. 

The following notes are from the group conversation.


  • ILL Policies
  • Communication to users
  • SEAL processes at libraries

ILL Policies:

  • New books – circulate via ILL or not
  • Books vs electronic resources
  • Different learning styles
  • Limits on borrowing?
  • Buying books on Amazon? Giving books away to patrons because it only cost the library $2.00?
  • SEAL not showing when items get returned.
  • One public library has a policy that they do not renew items borrowed via SEAL or OCLC.
  • Idea of no due dates.
  •  Fines
  • Accountability
  • Waiving fines
  •  Reserves at colleges
  •  Policies

Communication to Users:

  • Question was asked “How do others communicate with users, especially students?” What to do when they don’t answer emails, calls etc.
  • One response was texting works at her institution. They use twitter/facebook/Instagram.
  • How long do you allow patrons on computers?
  • How many computers do you have?
  • One large public library has computers dedicated for research only. The same library also has computers available in the teens/youth area for their use only.
  • Mount Saint Mary College has a collaborative policy with Newburgh Free Library in addition to community.
  • Empire Library Delivery. Participants explained how the service works.

SEAL Issues:

  • Concern for ways to keep track of SEAL items. SEAL has no tracking system.

Next meeting: TBD Fall or Winter 2018

Next steps:

  • Tara Stohr will discuss with other MHLS staff members regarding how to keep better track of SEAL items checked out in MHLS circulation system.
  • A SEAL users’ group meeting will be planned.


Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
21 South Elting Corners Road | Highland, NY 12528
Phone: (845) 883-9065