of publishers allow ILL, the majority of publishers do not restrict ILL to the
same country, and there is no uniformly adopted language or permission
describing ILL services.
8. The e-book environment is younger and business terms for e-books are far
more elastic than those for e-journals; at the same time, their rights manage-
ment issues are more complex. Many publishers embrace the notion of ILL
for e-books, although it is not clear exactly what that means or how tracking
and delivery will be managed.
9. ARL institutions are expanding their global presence through the
establishment of overseas campuses and centers, through joint degree
programs with other universities, and through formal academic
partnerships. This growth in international relations is also expanding
implications for ARL libraries with the expectation that collection access,
including ILL and document delivery, can appropriately be part of the
arrangements.
10. Current practice allows research libraries to fulfill their “special
responsibility” to promote “universal availability of published material.”
Changes that would require research libraries to provide special handling
for international requests would have a negative impact on ILL operations,
are unnecessary, and would not be cost-effective.
11. As print subscriptions diminish, lending from licensed content will take on
increasing importance to interlibrary lending. More restrictions on lending
of licensed content will result in a larger gap between the material available
to local patrons and what can be shared through ILL.
Conclusion and Recommendations
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
guidelines for international lending summarize the situation well: “Just as no
library can be self-sufficient in meeting all the information needs of its users,
so no country can be self-sufficient.”2 Challenges to current international ILL
practices could significantly undermine this carefully crafted and balanced set
of resource-sharing activities. ARL affirms that it is the right of North American
research libraries to participate in international interlibrary loan and document
delivery activities. It will be important for ARL members to understand the
changing ILL landscape, especially given the shift away from reliance on
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