What is SHARE?
The SHARE Consortium (or, simply, “SHARE”) is an automation and resource-sharing partnership. Membership may include public libraries, individual K-12 schools, school districts, and other types of agencies. There are a number of benefits of participating in such a partnership:
By pooling resources, everybody wins. Libraries are able to provide more/better services for less, county and municipal governments receive a strong return on investment (ROI), and citizen taxpayers receive world-class library service for pennies on the dollar.
By participating in an automation consortium, individual library collections are linked together into one massive, comprehensive collection. This means that citizens can use any library they choose and have access to (literally) millions of items beyond what the local library purchases.
What is Lakeshores Library System's Role in SHARE?
Lakeshores Library System provides behind-the-scenes technical and administrative support for SHARE. Examples of the types of support we provide to the SHARE membership include:
- Making sure the servers and software which support SHARE are planned, deployed, and maintained appropriately;
- Serving as a fiscal and budgetary agent for SHARE;
- Preparing for, hosting, and following-up on meetings of the SHARE Director's Council and Task Forces;
- Fostering a collaborative approach to policy development and the patron experience;
- Researching & recommending courses of action to the SHARE governing bodies;
LLS provides support for SHARE to its member libraries as a free service. Libraries (or other institutions) which participate in SHARE, but are not members of Lakeshores Library System may receive technical and administrative support on a fee-based model.
History of SHARE:
The SHARE Consortium began in 2005 as a collaboration between Lakeshores Library System and Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System (Dodge, Jefferson, Washington Counties). Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System withdrew from SHARE in 2013. Roughly one year later, the libraries of Kenosha County Federated Library System joined SHARE. As of this writing, the libraries of Arrowhead Library System (Rock County) are engaged in an exploration of joining SHARE.