ILL Committee Annual Report: 2010-2011

MOBAC ILL Committee Report 2010-2011

  1. What are your committee’s long-range goals? What are your short-term objectives for the 2010-2011 fiscal year?

    The committee’s short-term objectives are:

    • To identify challenges and best practices for each library and to see if those issues are relevant to other member libraries
    • Continue to redefine the committee so that our primary charge is clear

    The committee’s long-range goals are:

    • To continue the annual survey of MOBAC ILL practices
    • To continue to provide excellent customer service for the sharing of resources
    • To continue to facilitate professional growth opportunities for all MOBAC ILL staff members
    • To facilitate and/or share professional growth opportunities between MOBAC and other PLP ILL staff members
  2. Within the areas of responsibility of your committee, what are the issues that MOBAC should address to meet member needs and improve library service by member libraries? Are these issues best addressed by the Administrative Council? Or by one or more of the other committees?
    • The MOBAC ILL Committee requests that the Administrative Council work with its members to encourage the participation of all libraries in OCLC interlibrary loan activities.
    • With input from the MOBAC Administrative Council, the MOBAC ILL Committee will continue to re-define our charge so that it makes clear that we consist of and for ILL staff as we serve MOBAC/ Pacific Library Partnership (PLP) libraries and advise the Administrative Council.
  3. In the opinion of your committee, what opportunities in your areas of responsibility lie ahead for MOBAC members? What barriers or potential barriers are we facing? How can these barriers be overcome?
    • Administrative Council liaison attendance to MOBAC ILL Committee meetings is important in order to provide committee members with input, clarification and information.
    • The California Libraries Catalog has continued to allow our patrons to enjoy greater access to materials throughout our region and the state. The trend in resource sharing is growth and there is still concern about adequate staffing to meet the workload.
    • The increased ILL workload coupled with reduced staffing at many libraries continues to result in irregular attendance at ILL Committee meetings. The administrative council has also requested ILL staff presence on a variety of committee meetings. Staff members often have to choose between fulfilling patron requests and attending the bi-monthly meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity for staff to discuss issues, share ideas, and problem-solve with peers – and often results in better customer service for our patrons. Administrative support, in both the theoretical and practical sense of the word, is needed in order that active ILL staff attend these meetings.
  4. What else does the Administrative Council need to know about your objectives for the upcoming fiscal year?
    • We encourage all member libraries to participate in the ILL Committee and in ILL activities.
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