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Resource sharing at the American University of Beirut: challenges and opportunities

Resource sharing at the American University of Beirut: challenges and opportunities PurposeThis study aims to determine the effectiveness of the resource sharing initiative through signing reciprocal agreements, joining consortia and subscribing to OCLC at the American University of Beirut (AUB) Libraries.Design/methodology/approachStatistical analysis of interlibrary loan transactions over the past five years was conducted.FindingsJoining local, regional and international consortia, signing reciprocal agreements with two institutions and subscribing to OCLC Worldshare ILL have maximized access to resources by reducing the cost allocated to ILL and expanded the DDS services to allow unlimited requests to all members of the AUB community.Originality/valueAcademic libraries are still facing budget cuts while they are expected to deliver better services to their communities. The implication of the statistics gathered discloses a constant need for finding ways to support resource sharing and to align with the University’s mission of fostering life-long learners by supporting research and maximizing access to resources. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Discovery and Delivery Emerald Publishing

Resource sharing at the American University of Beirut: challenges and opportunities

Information Discovery and Delivery , Volume 45 (2): 4 – May 15, 2017

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2398-6247
DOI
10.1108/IDD-03-2017-0018
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PurposeThis study aims to determine the effectiveness of the resource sharing initiative through signing reciprocal agreements, joining consortia and subscribing to OCLC at the American University of Beirut (AUB) Libraries.Design/methodology/approachStatistical analysis of interlibrary loan transactions over the past five years was conducted.FindingsJoining local, regional and international consortia, signing reciprocal agreements with two institutions and subscribing to OCLC Worldshare ILL have maximized access to resources by reducing the cost allocated to ILL and expanded the DDS services to allow unlimited requests to all members of the AUB community.Originality/valueAcademic libraries are still facing budget cuts while they are expected to deliver better services to their communities. The implication of the statistics gathered discloses a constant need for finding ways to support resource sharing and to align with the University’s mission of fostering life-long learners by supporting research and maximizing access to resources.

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Information Discovery and DeliveryEmerald Publishing

Published: May 15, 2017

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