April 19, 2018

ILL On Hold In Northern NJ

Update: According to an article in Northjersey.com, a contributing factor to LibraryLinkNJ’s selection of Expak Logistics was its bid, which came in at half of the competing bids. LLNJ’s budget has been frozen since 2008, according to the article.

NH Libraries Face ILL System Failure

As the New Hampshire State Library (NHSL) ramps up its efforts to buy new interlibrary loan (ILL) software for the first time since 2002, librarians across the Granite State continue using phone calls, email, and other workarounds to keep up with patron requests, almost three months after an aging statewide system finally crashed for good.


Evolutionary Library Science

As new demands are made on libraries, people like Ryan Litsey, the document delivery/interlibrary loan assistant librarian at the Texas Tech University Library, are developing new ways to meet those needs.

Ryan Litsey | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Tech Leaders

All things being equal, the simplest interlibrary loan (ILL) process is usually the best. That’s the idea behind Occam’s Reader, a software add-on for the OCLC ILLiad work flow solution that makes it possible for academic libraries to “loan” ebooks electronically to one another for easy access by students and researchers.

Zipping up Gaps in the Collection | One Cool Thing

For patrons who live in rural areas, finding the book they want is not always easy. The local library can’t collect everything, and interlibrary loan (ILL) can be slow to deliver, if it is even available. Purchase and fast shipping from Internet booksellers like Amazon.com offer an alternative, but not everyone can afford it. Now, the California State Library (CSL) has embarked on a pilot project to redress that situation.

To Share Or Not To Share? | Peer to Peer Review

In my last column, I suggested that librarians’ attachment to the traditional practice of interlibrary loan (ILL) and our desire to extend it into the ebook realm are an example of something like Stockholm Syndrome—an unhealthy and irrational affection for an onerous practice by which we were held captive during the print era. In the past, ILL was necessary because of the limitations of the print format; in the online era, we should be thinking entirely differently about what it means to “share” resources between libraries, and thinking carefully about whether and how doing so actually makes sense.