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'Alternatives to Owning: Strategies and Practicalities’

Tuesday 12th March, 13.00 – 16.00pm (online via Zoom)

Twitter tag for the event : #sherifAGM24


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Non-member rate £80 per ticket.

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In a world where Libraries can’t own it all (where would we put it? – sic Steven Wright), the alternative has always been borrowing what we need for our users from other libraries. Thus, our service has always been a shared community of information which shifted to its point of need. Historically, this activity was limited to physical lending, but advances in technology have opened up a new world of possibilities for digital sharing; Controlled Digital Lending, Rapid ILL and other supply services mean we can share this information rapidly and more efficiently.

There are financial considerations too. As inflation rises and government funding remains fixed, academic libraries are increasingly feeling the pinch when deciding which resources they can invest in. As such the sector needs to find creative solutions to ensure they can continue to deliver an excellent user experience.

With this in mind, SHERIF is delighted to announce that bookings are now open for our next event

The session will host speakers sharing their insights and experience in the area of resource sharing and will also serve as SHERIF’s AGM, featuring an update on sherif activity over the past 12 months. The winner of the student prize will also be announced.

Programme Schedule (tbc)

  • 13:00 – 13:10     Welcome and Outline of the Afternoon
  • 13:10 – 13:25     AGM (15 mins)
  • 13:25 - 13:40     A short presentation by the sherif prize winner
  • 13:40 - 14:00     Suzy Cheeke , Associate Director (Research & Scholarly Communication) at the University of Bristol and                                                                                                           Jane Saunders, Associate Director: Content and Discovery at Leeds University Library
  •                 "Collective Collections in the Context of the RLUK Strategy: a Snapshot of Current Activities"
  • 14:00 - 14:20     David Beales, University Librarian and Assistant Director Student and Academic Services at Brunel University, London.
  •                 “Access, Affordability, Inclusion, and Academic Success: working with the Open Education Network in the UK”
  • 14:20 – 14:40     Break (20 mins)
  • 14:40 – 15:00     Helen Hall from the University of Liverpool and Heather Cripps from the University of Derby
  •                 “Accelerating Resource Sharing with Rapido and Hybrid Pods”
  • 15:00 – 15:30     Dr. Rachel Shulkins, Library Content Services Lead at the University of Liverpool : she will be discussing the potential/challenges of Controlled Digital Lending
  •                 “CDL: an Overview”
  • 15:30 – 16:00     Plenary session
  • 16:00                 Finish and close
  • We look forward to seeing you there!

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