Archives for the Month of June 2014 on Carl's ILLiad Blog

ILL Books May Become Part of the KSL Collections

In case you weren't aware, some of the materials we borrow as "loans" for ILL requests are actually purchased for our retention, and may eventually be incorporated into the collections of the Kelvin Smith Library system.

Occasionally, we take advantage of certain services by various suppliers who provide us with "non-returnable" book purchases as an alternate form of interlibrary loan transaction. Alibris, Better World Books, and some other vendors offer an option to supply these items via the regular ILL request process. Sometimes, we are also able to obtain reproductions of theses and dissertations from the libraries of the respective granting institutions through ILL, when such titles cannot be lent and are not available for purchase from UMI ProQuest. Once in a great while, we may receive an offer to have very rare items--usually held only at individual foreign libraries--reproduced in print, CD-ROM, or other physical form.

Once we receive these, we process them in ILLiad as loan-type transactions, and will assign them an arbitrary but reasonable due date. Along with this, we will specify that they are allowed unlimited renewals (which will be documented in the "Notes" field for the request and be visible to the user).

What, you may ask, do we do with them after you're finished using them? Well, our normal procedure is to complete the request transactions in ILLiad (as there is no "return" process involved), and then submit the items to the appropriate subject area Research Services Librarian for consideration to be added to our own collections. In many cases they do actually become included, if it is determined they will be useful for the research interests of future library patrons (likely including the original requester). However, sometimes a granting institution library will specify that a reproduced thesis or dissertation may only be used once (by the requesting patron) for ILL purposes, and then must be discarded and not be added to any collections--as a condition of the original service agreement. Usually, in such a case the requester is also required to sign a declaration form, to confirm the title will only be used for scholarly purposes and assure it will be properly cited.

Well, we hope this information is helpful (or at least somewhat enlightening) to your understanding of part of the interlibrary loan service.