The complex and fragmented nature of resource sharing in Australia, the local and flow-on effects of constrained budgets, and the widespread impact, both positive and negative, of the proliferation of e-resources … these were some of the recurring themes at the Share it resource sharing futures conference held on 10 and 11 May at the National Library of Australia.
Hosted by ALIA and Libraries Australia, Share it was held to shed light on the current Australian resource sharing landscape and debate issues around the complex world of modern resource sharing. Day 2 was an invitation-only strategic workshop for leaders, thinkers and experts in the Australian resource sharing arena to consider the future of the national resource sharing service and develop a resource sharing road map and action plan.
In a packed program, keynote speaker Chris Riedy challenged delegates to think about resource sharing in the broader context of the ‘sharing revolution’. Speakers from New Zealand and South Africa gave an insight into what national resource sharing looks like in other jurisdictions, while presentations on e-resources, copyright and licensing, and collaborative tools and services for resource sharing, got delegates thinking and talking.
The passion of the resource sharing community was particularly evident in a robust panel discussion about the different needs and particular challenges facing public, academic and special libraries. And delegates enthusiastically cast their votes for different visions of the resource sharing world of tomorrow (Connected, Fragmented or Segmented) in the final session—a future-focused hypothetical. While a majority thought that a segmented scenario was most likely, there was also a general desire to move from a segmented network to a more connected one.
Although challenges and problems across the resource sharing arena were acknowledged, a goodwill among libraries, as well as a desire to collaborate, was evident—a sentiment confirmed by delegates to the Day 2 strategic workshop.
Left to right: Nikki Darby, Margarita Moreno and Monika Szenejko lead the hypothetical session; sector panel members Eve Woodberry, Cheryl Hamill, Sharan Harvey and Robert Gerrity; keynote speaker Chris Riedy