In Which Seemingly Unrelated Things Come Together

Brian Mathews, the Ubiquitous Librarian at the Chronicle, recently blogged about his friend Tara and her role in “forensic bibliographic reconstruction” in interlibrary loan.  A number of commenters were fascinated by this peek behind the ILL curtain.  From the Davidson library, I offer another:  That article you got on “interlibrary loan” may not have come from another library at all.  Joe Gutekanst and Jason Radcliffe are finding 100-150 items a week on the open web.  It’s happened to me; I … [Read more...]

Library Connectedness at the 2015 ILLiad International Conference

I attended the ILLiad International Conference in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The conference is an annual event that is becoming increasingly international. Interlibrary Loan practitioners came from all over the U.S. as well as the U.K., Israel, Thailand, and other countries.  There was even a session on “Resource Sharing in the Japanese Libraries.”  ILL at Davidson is obtaining and supplying material to international libraries at an increasing rate as these libraries find that we have … [Read more...]

Document Delivery

FACULTY AND STUDENTS … Don’t have the time or inclination to run to the Library to photocopy that journal article or book chapter you need?  Never fear, Document Delivery is here! When you discover that perfect item you need for your class or research, all you have to do is fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request, just as you would if we didn’t own the item. The appropriate forms are on the left side of the ILLiad homepage; simply complete either the article or book chapter form and submit.   You … [Read more...]

ILL – At Your Service

In the Access and Acquisitions department, we distinguish between “document delivery” (digitizing and transmitting to users items from the library’s print collection) and “interlibrary loan” (getting items from other libraries, in whatever format).  This can get a little confusing, because the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) staff performs both services.  With the advent (this past year) of document delivery, ILL has, of course, widened the scope of the information delivery that it provides. As is now … [Read more...]