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Trends in ILL

ARL Releases White Paper on Interlibrary Loan
“ARL has released a white paper on interlibrary loan (ILL) written by Anne K. Beaubien, Director, Cooperative Access Services, University of Michigan Library. The paper analyzes trends in ILL activity in US academic and research libraries over the past two decades. ILL activity has increased over this period, primarily due to growing requests for returnable items (e.g., books, audiovisual items, microfilms) as opposed to non-returnables (e.g., copies of journal articles, conference papers). The author finds that ILL transactions have increased due to several factors, including a growth in Web-based discovery tools as well as efforts by libraries to simplify the ILL process and improve delivery options, thus decreasing the turn-around time for requests. Additionally, many research and academic libraries have been hard-pressed to maintain adequate collections budgets in the face of skyrocketing prices, so they must rely more on ILL for little-used materials. The paper also provides a description of current ILL practices for borrowing requests.
The white paper is freely available on the ARL Web site at
While this paper is just over 3 pages long, and covers ARL libraries ILL stats, it does imply some insights into the trends and challenges for resource sharing in the coming years. i believe that this will be one of the next hot spots in libraries and consortia.

Posted on: July 18, 2007, 6:08 pm Category: Uncategorized

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