Tuesday, February 9, 2016

ILL and Document Delivery

For those unfamiliar with Resource Sharing, an important part of this service involves Document Delivery. Full text scholarly journal articles are rarely freely available online. They live behind pay walls that make these articles inaccessible without a subscription. With increased visibility online, patrons are easily finding citations, but are unable to obtain the article. A single article can cost anywhere between $30-$50. Enter Interlibrary Loan. Patrons can create an ILL request for a photocopy of an article through their local library – all at no direct cost to them. Provided the photocopy complies with copyright law, articles are sent via OCLC’s Article Exchange or via PDF email attachment. In many cases turnaround time is 48 hours.

This service supports many diverse individuals and institutions in our communities. It helps students succeed, small businesses to grow and create new jobs, supports research in state agencies and more. From a few satisfied customers…

The Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College:
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“Wow! I have to tell you I have had incredible luck getting these requests filled. I can say that out of the last 50 requests I have had one turned down. That is amazing!

Thank you for this incredible service you provide for our students.”

 The Eastern Shores Bookmobile

"I'm Chris, an R&D Chemist at a Wisconsin plastics company. When I started working there 8 years ago, the company had 56 employees. Now we have over 600. Part of that success is due to the development of new
products, which is my job. The most important tool I have for new product development is my library card.

Over the years I have acquired many primary literature articles through interlibrary loan through the
Eastern Shores Bookmobile.
Using that data as a foundation for my research, my company has filed for several patents and created hundreds of professional jobs during one of the worst recessions in America's history. Knowledge is power, and your library card is the key; all you need to do is find your lock."

Green Bay West High School 

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"Our students are completing internal assessments for International Baccalaureate and the extended essay. The assignments range across the curriculum.
We would not be able to support their research without ordering articles full text through interlibrary loan. We REALLY appreciate this service.
Thanks so much!"


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources  
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“Thanks very much for the quick acquisition of these studies. Great work as always. We certainly appreciate it.”


Written by:  Christine Barth
                    Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning