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Thursday, June 6 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Project ReShare: Building a community-owned resource sharing platform

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Project ReShare is a community-driven effort to inject new life into the resource sharing space. The project was announced in November 2018 by a group of consortial leaders, software developers, software foundations, and resource sharing experts. ReShare’s goal is to produce an open source, highly scalable resource sharing platform that supports the full lifecycle from discovery to management to fulfillment.

This presentation will introduce ReShare and describe how the project partners are working to improve the resource sharing experience for library end users and staff. Areas of focus will include the creation of a shared index to communicate information about lendable materials across libraries and the design of a user-friendly fulfillment system that will modernize many of the legacy practices surrounding interlibrary loan. We will share outcomes from our design process, including requirements, data models, sketches, and prototypes.

Additionally, we will discuss the ways that ReShare is helping to further the model for community-owned software within the library field. The project represents an evolution of the relationships between librarians and vendors, the impact of library experts on the software design process, and the ability to library stakeholders to influence the tools they use every day. We’ll also address the intersection between ReShare and the FOLIO project, and examine the ways that a modular, open source architecture can benefit not only individual projects, but the library ecosystem as a whole.

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Thursday June 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Three Rivers - WP Floor