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SCLS Delivery System

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on Friday, May 29, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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The South Central Library System Delivery System (affectionately known as the “Red Box folks”) recently updated their web page. The delivery system in Wisconsin is the envy of most other states in terms of providing rapid, efficient, and cost effective delivery between libraries. Delivery goes between UW system libraries, public libraries, private colleges, technical colleges, and Wisconsin governmental agencies. There is even a daily handoff to Minitex (Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota) libraries. Over one and a half million items were moved by the SCLS Delivery system last year. There is a wealth of information on the web site – including statistics, delivery schedule including timetables, and guidelines for shipping. I encourage you to spend a few minutes browsing their web site....

ShareILL--A tool you can use!

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on Thursday, May 21, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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ShareILL is a gateway to electronic and print resources pertaining to all aspects of interlibrary loan (ILL), document delivery, and resource sharing. Designed to be comprehensive and international in scope, ShareILL features links to resources that will help practitioners locate materials for their clientele, manage the ILL process, and keep up with developments in the profession.If your work in any way can be described as resource sharing, I'm sure you'll find something helpful here.Take a look!...

WAAL09: Digitization on Demand: ILL Operations Participating in Institutional Digitization

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on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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"Digitization on Demand: ILL Operations Participating in Institutional Digitization"Angela Milock, Laura Rizzo, Eric Robinson - WiLS (Wisconsin Library Services)How it all began... WiLS was already scanning masters theses, special collections, etc. for document delivery - thought they could start saving their scanned documents to make them available to everyone Models? Found existing Digitization-on-Demand (DOD) and Print-on-Demand (POD) programs at other institutions - Cornell, Penn State, U Michigan Where deposit? UW Digital Collections - http://minds.wisconsin.edu/, Google Books & CIC Hathi Trust > OPACWhich items to digitize? Started with: Special collections, Music Library Turnaround time? Walked through detailed workflow; appears to be faster for ILL to do it than Digital Content Group (therefore, less expensive) Partnerships? Special collections, some institutions with Kirtas/Booksurge/Amazon Paying for service? WiLS mainly emulated Michigan: cost passed on to requester, posted per page cost, $30-160; Cornell: Amazon ($20-40, 1-4 days); Penn: $26 paperback; WiLS just tries to cover costs;...

WAAL 2008: Standardization of Interlibrary Lending (ILL)

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on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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Standards-based ILLTerry Wilcox, Reference and Loan LibraryBob Shaw, WiLS• Directors don’t want to know more about ILL, just want it to work• We’re using standards all the time, we just don’t know it• Whenever you search an online database – it’s built on standards - the way it looks for a title, author, ISBN, etc.• Standards are confusing, so no one talks about themWhy do we have standards?• Helps software programs talk to eachother• Help you retrieve information in a way you can understand• Z39.50 – with Wiscat license (vs. free interface), you can see a lot of resources – takes you into other institution’s online catalog• Can be developed by different companies, as long as use standards – allows searches across multiple catalogs and databases – can make ILL request• State agency - we have to re-bid our projects at least every 5 years, regardless of whether there’s another vendor...

WAAL 2008: RapidILL at the UW-Madison

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on Thursday, April 17, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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Eric Robinson (WiLS) and Heather Weltin (UW-Madison)RapidILL is excellent - http://rapidill.org/ "It isn't the software that makes this work, it's the mindset"Fill rate is 95% within 24 hours turnaround = convenienceCuts out multiple steps to save time = efficiencyReloads (updates) your holding records for you = accuracyThere have only been a couple hours when system was down, since October 2007Soon, all you'll need is Odyssey, which is freeTechnically, you don't even need an ILL system to use RapidILLNot for book loans or book chapters, just for journal articlesWhy did we purchase it?No budget increase since 1999-2000 biennium budgetUW-Madison library budget is lowest in the Big 1040,000 students, physically large campus, with dozens of librariesMemorial Library ILL "shop" specific; our health sciences library uses it separatelyJanuary 2007 we consolidated our 6 ILL shops into 3RapidILL searching and processing faster than anything we had beforeUnmediated RapidILL would have no staff intervention on campus...