Adventures in Resource Sharing: the AspenCat Story

Adventures in Resource Sharing: the AspenCat Story

Adventures in Resource Sharing: the AspenCat Story Colorado ILL Conference 2016 Bob Bennhoff and Ashley Sneesby-Stippich Things to consider

ILL transforms libraries Resource sharing serves and creates a network of libraries with a shared purpose Access to shared materials depends on the quality of the catalog Behind the scenes customer service is

essential to patron satisfaction Once upon a time in Library Land What is AspenCat? What is Koha?

Union Catalog Web-Based ILS Open Source Hosted Part of Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)

The Libraries of AspenCats Realm Some of our Library Strongholds Presenting our storys hero Resource Sharing!

Provides a breadth of collection for small libraries with limited resources and budgets Improves the value of collection development funds Creates an active network between rural Colorado libraries

The AspenCat Kindgoms Collection Coffers Average AspenCat library has ~15,000 total items 1.3 Million items in entire AspenCat

collection 8,500 percent increase of collection size! The AspenCat Kingdom Expands Libraries Joining

120 101 100

77 80 60 50

4038 20 0 2013

2014 2015 2016

Our Hero Aids Three Libraries! The lay of the land between Our Hero Aids Three Libraries! Major growth in collection size

Functioning and well supported ILS Access to relevant eResources better serves patrons Joining AspenCat has connects the libraries to the larger library community

Our friendly and cute sidekick PIKA! Every hero needs their The Sword of Catalog Maintenance

Messy catalog = Poor access for patrons/librarians Brief and duplicate records are the enemy White Knight is Skyriver Ongoing hands-on training

The Shield of Standardization Collection Audits to aid in clean up Eases cataloging and circulation issues for AspenCat as a whole Libraries participate in an open dialog about information organization and the

needs of small and rural libraries Serving the Kingdom Good customer service should be universal The AspenCat model is based on trust Customization is important, even in a

consortial setting The key to our kingdom is communication ILL staff does this, too! Morals and Happily Ever Afters

ILL is noble work

It changes patrons lives in libraries big and small Small teams can accomplish big things Access is increased with a well maintained database and user-friendly OPAC Build trust, communicate, and provide great customer service even in challenging situations

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