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CARL Libraries – a Canadian resource-sharing experience

CARL Libraries – a Canadian resource-sharing experience Purpose – This study aims to map the current resource-sharing environment in Canada through the lens of its research libraries in general and the University of Alberta in particular. The findings present an interesting view of changing resource sharing patterns and trends. Design/methodology/approach – Interlibrary loan (ILL) transaction data were compiled from annual data reported to the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and a case study of the University of Alberta is presented. Findings – The current trend shows declines in both borrowing and lending transactions. Research limitations/implications – Validity of the CARL ILL transactional data is subject to consistency in institutional reporting and accuracy of the data. The trends portrayed in the data are deemed realistic of the Canadian experience. Originality/value – This is an original study of CARL ILL transactional data, providing an aggregated view of 13 years of annual data, and an analysis of this data. It updates previous research and benchmarks current ILL patterns at CARL institutions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interlending & Document Supply Emerald Publishing

CARL Libraries – a Canadian resource-sharing experience

Interlending & Document Supply , Volume 43 (1): 12 – Feb 16, 2015

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0264-1615
DOI
10.1108/ILDS-06-2014-0029
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Abstract

Purpose – This study aims to map the current resource-sharing environment in Canada through the lens of its research libraries in general and the University of Alberta in particular. The findings present an interesting view of changing resource sharing patterns and trends. Design/methodology/approach – Interlibrary loan (ILL) transaction data were compiled from annual data reported to the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and a case study of the University of Alberta is presented. Findings – The current trend shows declines in both borrowing and lending transactions. Research limitations/implications – Validity of the CARL ILL transactional data is subject to consistency in institutional reporting and accuracy of the data. The trends portrayed in the data are deemed realistic of the Canadian experience. Originality/value – This is an original study of CARL ILL transactional data, providing an aggregated view of 13 years of annual data, and an analysis of this data. It updates previous research and benchmarks current ILL patterns at CARL institutions.

Journal

Interlending & Document SupplyEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 16, 2015

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