White Paper:
International Interlibrary
Loan
Anne K. Beaubien, Director of Library Document Delivery
and Grants Officer, University of Michigan Library
Marlayna Christensen, Outreach & Digital Projects Librarian,
University of California, San Diego Libraries
Jennifer Kuehn, Head, Interlibrary Services,
Ohio State University Libraries
David K. Larsen, Head of Access Services and Assessment,
University of Chicago Library
Mary Lehane, Manager, Resource Sharing Department,
York University Libraries
Introduction
RThese
esearch libraries have an important and longstanding role in
facilitating the growth of knowledge and the sharing of information.
libraries provide resources to faculty, researchers, students, and
members of the public to engage in research, education, and learning and to
advance knowledge. Increasingly, collaboration among these communities of
users is interdisciplinary and global. As a result, the sharing of resources occurs
within the universities’ campuses and centers in the US and abroad, in formal
relationships between research institutions at home and abroad such as joint or
shared academic degree programs, and in agreements between libraries in the
US and abroad. This white paper focuses on resource sharing activities by
US research libraries.
Background and Current Environment
One way that research libraries strive to meet the needs of patrons is through
interlibrary loan (ILL). The mission of ILL is to provide access to materials for
local patrons and to lend materials to other institutions. ILL services supplement
libraries’ collections by providing access to materials needed for research,
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