Won’t you join us? We’re accepting committee applications!

217378_origThe ILL SIG is looking for new members!


  • Applicants, if selected, must be able to attend and participate in the meetings, events, and activities of the Committee. They must be able to work between meetings and events via e-mail.
  • Applicants should have a vested interest in interlibrary loan, resource sharing, and/or document delivery. Applicants need not do these activities as primary job duties, but they should have a substantial connection with these activities in their job.

Important information:

Prospective members should discuss their interest in the Committee with their supervisors before applying. Since committee membership requires a time investment, supervisors should be made aware of their employee’s interest in participating. At the same time, supervisors should feel free to encourage participation of staff members through membership on the Committee. This is one of the primary reasons for developing the MALA ILL SIG and the Committee: to develop leadership opportunities.

The ILL SIG meets online monthly. The committee is composed of a Chair, the Chair Emeritus, a Secretary, and several Members at Large. This year, we’re filling open positions. At our first meeting, the committee will decide which members will take on various roles. Applicants should be available to devote a minimum of 2 hours per month, for committee conference calls and some outside research time. Several months a year could call for up to 8 or more hours in a month devoted to a specific project and/or event coordinated by the committee.

How to apply:

Click here for application.

Send application to siglibraryloan@gmail.com

A physical address can be provided if needed.

This letter should:

  • Not exceed two (2) pages.
  • Highlight the applicant’s past and present experience with interlibrary loan, document delivery, or resource sharing.
  • Address the applicant’s organizational, communication, and technological skills.
  • Explain any other skills, talents, or qualifications the applicant may have that may lend themselves to service on the Committee.

Get involved in the wonderful ILL community you love! We look forward to hearing from you!


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*free* Happy Hour @ Howl at the Moon


Want to kick off the weekend with ILL SIG?

Friday Happy Hour – Please join us for Happy Hour in Downtown KC on August 12, 2016 at 6PM. Even if you cannot make the unConference, we’d love to see you after work!

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Howl at the Moon
1334 Grand Blvd (Power and Light District)
Kansas City, MO
  • Free Admission 6-10pm
  • You will need to tell them you are with the  ILL unConference group at the door!
  • Free appetizer buffet from 6-7pm
  • Two $1 drink tickets*
  • Half-priced all drinks until 10pm!

*Includes: Domestic beer & imports, Skyy vodka & flavors, Barcardi & flavors, Jim Beam, Bombay Dry, Jose Cuervo, Long Islands, “A day at the beach”, & margaritas.

If you plan to attend, please let us know at the conclusion of the unConference. Hope to see you there!

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We can’t wait to discuss anything and everything ILL with other library colleagues! Don’t miss out! Register today!

During the unConference, be sure to share your notes with us using #ILLunConf16 on Twitter.

See you next week!

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Announcing the 2016 unConference!


The ILL SIG Committee invites you to participate in our

2nd annual ILL SIG unConference!

We had such great participation last year and are excited to exchange ideas in the ILL community again!

August 12, 2016

The Kansas City Public Library – Central Library

Kansas City, MO

Details are here:


Please register and attend. We really want to see you there!


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Meet Kari Sime


Greetings! I’m Kari Sime, the Interlibrary Loan librarian at Johnson County Library (KNJ). I grew up in Prairie Village, Kansas. After graduating from the University of Kansas, I taught elementary school in Leavenworth and Shawnee Mission and for the U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Bitburg, Germany. A degree in library science led me back home to Johnson County where I’ve worked at the Central Resource Library for over a decade.

My favorite children’s authors include Avi, Jon Scieszka, and Chris Van Allsburg because they’re so creative. I read a broad range of books for all ages, and love it when authors’ experiences show up in their stories. An interest in authors’ lives has led to trips to Louisa May Alcott’s family home in Concord, Massachusetts, where the children really were allowed to draw on the walls, and to the Brontes’ home in Haworth, England. One year I spent a month reading and discussing English literature in the Cambridge University summer program for adults.

The Johnson County Library system in Kansas serves a continually growing suburb of Kansas City. Our Interlibrary Loan Department is in the newly renovated Central Resource Library, one of thirteen libraries. Our ten staff members keep busy processing between 3,500 and 4,000 borrowing and lending requests monthly. You’ll have to visit our building’s new Maker Space where people can create using a variety of media. Our system is about to break ground for two new libraries.

My best ILL story happened at one of our smaller libraries. A patron checked out an ILL book, read, enjoyed, and returned it. When we processed the item to return to the lender, we found eleven dollar bills in the book. To our surprise, when we called the patron who requested the book, she said that she didn’t get a chance to check out the book. Fortunately, this library is in a small community, and the staff realized that a patron with a similar last name must have checked it out. Sure enough, the owner of the money was located… and the lender extended the due date to let the patron who requested the book have a turn reading it!

My worst ILL story was when book borrowed from a library in another state disappeared on the way back to the lender. We received an invoice for over two thousand dollars! We lucked out because the lender had quoted the price for a different edition of the item. In the end, we paid well over a thousand dollars less than the original bill.

My favorite ILL tip:

Keep lines of communication open between borrowing and lending libraries. Let lenders know as soon as possible if borrowed items arrive damaged or if items return damaged after patron use. The trust we develop between Interlibrary Loan departments really pays off when problems arise.

My ILL pet peeve and a solution:

Items sent back to lenders without paperwork. When the original sheet gets lost it’s easy to print a new sheet from WorldShare.


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ILL SIG Committee Introductions: Megan

Hello, my name is Megan Molinaro and I am currently a Library Technician for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO.  I discovered the ILL SIG group this past year through the unConference.  It was exciting to get to hang out with other professionals like myself seeking guidance from each other.  I was so impressed, I jumped at the chance to apply as a Member at Large for the group.

I have been working in ILL or resource sharing since college—so nearly 8 years now.  I was an ILL student assistant at Knox College for four years, took a break to try publishing, and then ended up back in St. Louis at a local university as the sole Interlibrary Loan Assistant. Throughout my time I have witnessed the beginnings of electronic article delivery, consortium lending, and multiple system changes.  It’s one of the things I have always loved/hated about ILL—nothing stays the same for very long so it certainly keeps you on your toes.

I have also been fortunate to work in smaller libraries that have given me opportunities to learn a bit about managing a library, including trying to go as digital as possible.  It’s not as easy as everyone seems to think!  Now in KCMO I work to borrow and lend resources for the surrounding medical community as well as our own staff.  My favorite thing about working in ILL is getting a glimpse of what people are working on from what they are requesting and it is certainly always interesting.  I recently started my MLIS program through San Jose State University’s online program and I am interested to see how I fare as a digital learner.  I am particularly interested in Digital Asset Management and Data Science and where there is room for librarian involvement within those fields.  One thing I have always loved about ILL is the community that goes with it.  Everyone is always willing to help each other out, so having a group dedicated to helping those communities connect with each other is really exciting to me.  I can’t wait to see what we do together.


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