Resource Sharing News

READ Poster: Fred Finch, Minitex Delivery.

READ Poster: Fred Finch, Minitex Delivery.

Published occasionally to keep readers up-to-date about interlibrary loan activities in the Minitex region.

Current Issue

  • September 2019
    Where did all that paperwork go? • Service by numbers: Minitex Resource Sharing statistics for FY2019 • Most requested interlibrary loan titles: FY 2019 • New WMS bookmark to replace the interstate routing slips • 2019 Public Library Node meeting recap • Resource Sharing seeks part-time Library Assistant 2

Previous Issues


  • July 2019
    On the road with Alma • An easy 30 minute workout • MNLINK notifications for end users • Register for the 2019 Public Library Node meeting • Another acquisition of ILL software • Registration open for the Wisconsin 2019 ILL Conference • MnPALS requesting through MNLINK
  • May 2019
    Minitex welcomes Gerri Moeller to lead Resource Sharing and Delivery • ILL webinar alert: an alternative to CONTU • OCLC Resource Sharing Conference session materials available • ERIC – is this available? • Midland Authors Book Awards • Introducing Project ReShare • Join us to celebrate Valerie Horton
  • April 2019
    Alma Resource Sharing update • OCLC Resource Sharing Conference • InstantILL simplifies sharing open access materials with patrons • History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust • Working together on library data • New MNLINK Alert email group • Minitex to extend contracts with current couriers
  • January 2019
    2019 Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference cancelled • Becky Ringwelski announces retirement • Growing Up Foodie • Finding dissertations at the University of Minnesota and beyond • Fine tune your communications to improve customer service • Updates to MNLINK Editions & Formats • Minitex Tubs • Resource Sharing seeks Library Assistant 3 • Minitex seeks Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Delivery • Celebrate American Heart Month with the NNLM Reading Club


  • November 2018
    Interlibrary loan system changes – An update • Does your library lend unique collections too? • MNLINK request traffic leaders for fiscal year 2018 • What is NLM and NNLM? • Requesting genealogical items through interlibrary loan • Minnesota Department of Education offers new workshop • Reading is healthy • Interlibrary loan vendor demonstration webinars available • Shifting delivery times • Top ten interlibrary loan titles for October 2018
  • September 2018
    Minitex is top lender for filled requests on OCLC (again)! • Minitex Resource Sharing: FY2018 in numbers • We've been busy! • Patron behavior and interlibrary loan • 2018 Public Library Node Meeting recap • Top ten interlibrary loan titles for August 2018 • Sometimes there isn't a tub big enough! • Mayor of St. Paul proposes dropping overdue fines
  • July 2018
    This isn't what my patron ordered! • Register for the 2018 Public Library Node meeting • Preparation for the Aleph to Alma ILS migration is underway • Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference – We need your ideas! • Direct delivery request volume is up by 6.8%! • Ex Libris Upper Midwest User Group meeting • Exploring top technology trends • Minitex deposit accounts reduce paperwork • FirstSearch changes coming soon • Top interlibrary loan titles for June 2018
  • May 2018
    Save the date for the 2018 Public Library Node meeting • 27th Annual Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference wrap-up • Documenting the Now • New special collections research center at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities – now open! • Cookbooks for all seasons and reasons in WorldCat Cookbook Finder • Laundry and so much more... • Weather delays and delivery • OCLC visit to Minitex • Top interlibrary loan titles for April 2018 • OCLC Resource Sharing Conference recordings and slides available • Free online learning opportunities for interlibrary loan staff
  • March 2018
    Register for the 27th Annual Minitex ILL Conference • Enhancing Quality Staff in Changing Times – 2018 Symposium • Student employees make the difference! • Survey – help us determine the best way to handle common ILL situations • Speaking of delivery tubs • MNLINK tutorial videos • Free Genealogy Resources • Top interlibrary loan titles for February 2018
  • January 2018
    Meet our new staff in Resource Sharing! • Online learning opportunities for interlibrary loan staff • Dear Del ILLa, • MNLINK search option to ungroup editions • Welcome to Twin Cities Offsite Storage • Tub talk – when tubs go bad • The Humphrey Center for American Indian Studies at Central Lakes College • A visit to South Central Library System – Madison, WI


  • October 2017
    Registration open for OCLC Resource Sharing Conference March 13-15, 2018 • The American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University • Resource sharing redesign – request verification • The Weather (and delivery) • Public law libraries in Minnesota are a thing • Dear Del ILLa • 2017 Public Library Node Meeting recap
  • August 2017
    Minitex office move to Wilson Library is complete • MNLINK hits a new high in number of filled requests! • New MNLINK, episode 21; OCLC Community Center • Minitex Resource Sharing numbers are up! • Fred's tub packing tips #3 – Adventures in routing forms! • Legal resources for interlibrary loan • And the winner is … • Connect with colleagues at a conference
  • June 2017
    The busiest day for campus retrieval in 2017: 668 requests in 24 hours • Katie Otto joins Minitex Resource Sharing staff • Next generation discovery and interlibrary loan • Summer 2017 officially begins on • Xtreme Bibliographic Searching for Interlibrary Loan – Part 1, MARC and Worldcat • The Minitex office is moving! (well, sort of...) • Minitex office moving – no problem! • Minitex 26th Annual Interlibrary Loan Conference • New MNLINK, episode 20; Advanced searching tips
  • April 2017
    Registration is Open for the 2017 Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference! • Minitex staff plan for office move June 5-15 • The truth is... • First Presidential Library in Africa: Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Nigeria • MNLINK Interlibrary Loan system roadmap – Relais news • New MNLINK, episode 18; Ebooks Minnesota access • Fred's tub packing tips #2; Some quick standards for packing a tub • Most requested interlibrary loan titles for 2016 announced
  • February 2017
    Save the Date for the 26th Annual Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference: May 17, 2017 • OCLC makes significant announcements about resource sharing • Spotlight on interlibrary loan in the Minitex Region: Hennepin County – Minneapolis Central Library • The joy of sharing • Saying our final goodbye via Interlibrary Loan • Fred's tub packing tips #1; Packing fragile items • New MNLINK, episode 17; Reporting issues with MNLINK • Public health data – a valuable resource for librarians


  • December 2016
    MNLINK reclamation and marketing reminders • 'Tis the season to... • New MNLINK, episode 10 • Young Adult Book Published • Spotlight on interlibrary loan in the Minitex Region: University of St. Thomas O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library • A snapshot of daily volume in the Delivery Unit • Doodles and damage: Minitex takes note • Swedish American Newspapers online • Plan early for spring conference attendance
  • October 2016
    New MNLINK discovery launched! • Meet the new MNLINK! • New MNLINK, episode 3 • How to pack a tub – the A/V material episode! • Do you agree with these ILL pet peeves? • Resource Sharing staff attend NDLA and MLA conferences • Ready to Ignite? • Banned in the U.S.S.R! • 2016 Minitex Public Library Node meeting recap • Revisiting the Minitex ILL Conference with a GoodWiLS Ambassador • Opportunity for new ILL staff to attend ALA in 2017 • ILLiad of the future? Update on the new OCLC ILL product from OCLC's Katie Birch
  • August 2016
    MNLINK discovery interface to go-live September 19, 2016! • MNLINK transition update – configuration • Future of interlibrary loan: Some perspectives from the 2016 ALA Annual Conference • Great service: The Disney way • Sending a book club request to Minitex? • Library Juice: Worth the squeeze? • Knowledge is power • Minitex Delivery routing forms and supplies • Interlibrary Loan Titles of the Week, August 5-11, 2016 • Minitex Resource Sharing staff to present at fall conferences • Webinar recording available: Unlocking the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States • New MNLINK interface marketing materials are ready to distribute to your users!
  • June 2016
    MNLINK news • MNLINK transition to Worldcat Discovery update • 25th Annual Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference – slides available • 2016 Public Library Node meeting • Providing students with the resources they need: a collaboration between interlibrary loan and reserves • Changes for South Dakota resource sharing agreement begin July 1st • Minitex staff member Jennie Shaw selected to present poster session at Minnesota eLearning Summit • Spotlight on interlibrary loan in the Minitex Region: Walter Library, University of Minnesota • Collaboration ensures a successful process for off-site storage retrieval • On-Demand delivery for some Minitex participants • Interlibrary loan and delivery statistics – noting a nationwide trend • Gratitude for our student employees • OCLC discontinues support for Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers
  • April 2016
    MNLINK Marketing Materials Survey results • MNLINK Gateway transition – electronic resource availability • Is your item overdue? Minitex wants to know about it! • Good news for fans of OCLC FirstSearch • Interlibrary loan and digital equipment • Delivery update – March 2016 • Best practices – OCLC Interlibrary Loan Fee Management (IFM) • Are you reading OCLC Next?
  • February 2016
    Minitex stalwart Kathy Drozd to retire March 1 • MnLINK Logo: the results of the survey are in! • MnLINK Gateway transition to WorldCat Discovery – searching • Resource Sharing welcomes new staff to Referral Processing • Spotlight on interlibrary loan in the Minitex Region: Magrath Library, University of Minnesota • Minitex campus library staff – an evolution • Innovation in Resource Sharing • Great comments from patrons help us start 2016 right • 25 years of Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conferences • Save the date: Lee Rainie to keynote Minitex ILL Conference on May 10 • 2016 ILLiad International Conference is open for registration

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