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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...