Kate Boyle Inducted as an Illinois Library Luminary

August 16, 2018

Kathleen (Kate) Boyle’s name is synonymous with resource sharing in Illinois. For twenty-five years, from 1979 to 2004, Kate served as Resource Sharing Manager of the Suburban Library System. She later served as Resource Sharing Manager of the Metropolitan Library System from 2004-2011, and Member Services Manager of the System Wide Automated Network (SWAN) from 2009-2018. Kate was a leader in Illinois libraries’ adoption of technology to support reciprocal borrowing, inter-library loan systems, and library system automation. From 1980-2014 she served on every critical statewide committee tasked with interlibrary loan and reciprocal borrowing policy and automation. Kate served as a member of the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code Revision Committee, and was also a crucial participant in statewide development teams for VIC (Virtual Illinois Catalog), SILC (Statewide Illinois Library Catalog), and SILO (Serials of Illinois Libraries Online). Kate’s numerous accomplishments in library resource sharing include working on the project team that created Serials of Illinois Libraries Online (SILO) in the 1980s-1990s, designing and developing the self-adhesive label for delivery of materials within the Metropolitan Library System, and developing Illinois’s statewide Resource Sharing Policy Directory. She is the co-author of SWAN Recommendations on Symphony Integrated Library System (ILS) Profiling, which recommended expanded resource sharing options for library patrons. Kate willingly shared her expertise and creativity with others and served as a mentor to all who crossed her path, expanding library services to Illinois residents and beyond.

Inducted August 14, 2018

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