The Air Force recently required all base libraries to transition to a new integrated library system (ILS), which was a really difficult decision, since they rely heavily on their SHARE membership for interlibrary loan. Library Director Emily Enderle asked if there was any way that Scott AFB could retain SHARE membership so that their patrons would not lose access to the amazing resources within SHARE.
After some brainstorming, Scot AFB will retain membership in a limited capacity for interlibrary loans. Due to their uniqueness, SHARE governance allows some leeway for special library members, and the SHARE Executive Council has approved this change on a one-year trial basis. This means that their patrons will still have access to the SHARE database to place holds, and when they come through the request manager, you can send them on to Scott AFB (SBLS) as normal. They have been set up as an institutional account of IHLS-Edwardsville, and loaned items will be checked out to that account and then on to the patron's account in their new system as an interlibrary loan. Items will have a three-week checkout for all items and no renewals. All SHARE Circulation policies and interlibrary loan rules for lost or damaged items will still apply. Scott AFB is a special library, so patrons should not have used those cards to check out at a public library for reciprocal borrowing. If they forget and use the wrong card, the Polaris system will pop up with an alert that they are over their circulation limit (which is set to zero). Please do not override this block. To provide good customer service, items can either be sent via delivery to Scott AFB to check out in their new system, or they can use their public library card if they are an existing patron. Please contact Cassandra Thompson if you have any additional questions.