Category Archives: Interlibrary Loan

Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 17, 2014

Excerpt: “But lending e-books may soon get easier. This spring a pilot project called Occam’s Reader will test software custom-built to make it both easy and secure for libraries to share e-book files while keeping publishers happy—or so the software’s creators hope.”

Occam’s Reader Project

Library Journal reports on a new collaboration between several universities, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and Springer. This collaboration will focus on the use of a new software called Occam’s Reader used for processing interlibrary loan of e-books.

This is the first major collaboration of its kind between academic libraries and a major publisher.

Rethinking library resource sharing: new models for collaboration

Access the white paper for the presentation “Rethinking library resource sharing: new models for collaboration” from the IFLA World Library and Information Congress held in August 2013.

This presentation provides an overview of how resource sharing services are evolving to meet changing user needs for digital and global information. It also reviews some of the tools and standards that resource sharing practitioners are using to improve services, and highlights some of the emerging library partnerships/collaborations that are reshaping the boundaries of library and information resource sharing.

GWLA Launches BorrowItNow

Monday, August 19, 2013

Today, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is excited to launch BorrowItNow, a consortial borrowing system based on the Relais International D2D product. BorrowItNow allows patrons to discover library materials via a virtual union catalog, which spans across all participating members’ ILS systems. BorrowItNow provides for unmediated requests, transmitting real time availability and call numbers to the lending library, while balancing request loads across the consortium.
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Call for Proposals – Resource sharing and ILL conference

“Call for Proposals – Reminder!
The NWILL Conference Program Committee invites proposals for sessions of interest to interlibrary loan and resource sharing practitioners for our conference to take place September 11-13, 2013, in Portland, Oregon at Portland Community College – Sylvania Campus.

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Interlibrary Loan and Stockholm Syndrome

Library Journal online, Sept 21, 2012

Excerpt: “But that’s not the main reason it’s become so hard to figure out what to do about interlibrary loan in the digital age. The other one, I think, is deeper and more intractable, and it has to do with what I think of as a library-specific version of Stockholm Syndrome (the tendency of some people who have been kidnapped to eventually begin sympathizing with their captors).”


10th Nordic Resource Sharing, Reference and Collection Management Conference

“We would like to draw your attention to the 10th Nordic Resource Sharing, Reference and Collection Management Conference that will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 3 – 5th this year. The conference title is Rethinking Library Services – New technologies – New opportunities.

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