ILL, a dying breed or a new brand? The experience of Edinburgh University

ILL, a dying breed or a new brand? The experience of Edinburgh University Purpose – The purpose of this article is to examine the trend of interlibrary loans (ILLs) through the experiences of Edinburgh University Library (EUL). A preliminary study aims to consider how the purchase of one e‐journal package impacted on the number of ILL requests processed. Design/methodology/approach – The article describes the experience of EUL. Findings – The article finds that total ILLs, both returnables and non‐returnables, rose to a peak in 1998 and have declined significantly since then. Full desk‐top delivery has not yet been achieved, but this is in the forefront of the library's strategy. Originality/value – The paper gives a detailed insight into the impact of e‐journals and other factors on the use of the document supply service for both returnables and non‐returnables in a large UK university. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interlending & Document Supply Emerald Publishing

ILL, a dying breed or a new brand? The experience of Edinburgh University

Interlending & Document Supply, Volume 34 (1): 6 – Jan 1, 2006

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0264-1615
DOI
10.1108/02641610610649536
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this article is to examine the trend of interlibrary loans (ILLs) through the experiences of Edinburgh University Library (EUL). A preliminary study aims to consider how the purchase of one e‐journal package impacted on the number of ILL requests processed. Design/methodology/approach – The article describes the experience of EUL. Findings – The article finds that total ILLs, both returnables and non‐returnables, rose to a peak in 1998 and have declined significantly since then. Full desk‐top delivery has not yet been achieved, but this is in the forefront of the library's strategy. Originality/value – The paper gives a detailed insight into the impact of e‐journals and other factors on the use of the document supply service for both returnables and non‐returnables in a large UK university.

Journal

Interlending & Document SupplyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2006

Keywords: Interlending; Document delivery; Academic libraries; Scotland

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