Archives for the Month of December 2016 on Carl's ILLiad Blog

Pitfalls of Keeping Long-Overdue ILLiad Books

I realize this is a rather somber topic to end the year with, but it seems to become rather timely and apropos at the close of each academic semester. So, here's a short list of caveats...

* Firstly, expect to receive a series of up to four e-mail notifications as the due date approaches: a "Due Soon" reminder (5 days prior--with renewal option), an "Overdue" notice (the day after), a seven-day notice, and a two-week (blocked account) warning notice. Oh, and, by the way, the lender may at any time choose to recall a loaned item--in which case ILL staff will in due course send off a "Recall" notice.

* After two weeks past the due date for any single ILLiad loan, you will have arrived at a "blocked" user status, and will not be able to submit any new ILLiad requests. At this point, look forward to additional reminder notices by e-mail periodically until any and all long-overdue loans are returned and ILL staff thereafter unblock your account.

* Although we do not reckon overdue fines for ILL loans per se, we are obligated to pass on to our patrons any charges incurred for items deemed lost or never returned--once we have received a formal bill for replacement from a lender library. We will normally contact you at this stage, to offer you one last opportunity to make a return and thus avoid such an outcome.

* Once we have been required to compensate a lender for the replacement of an ILL item, it is our prerogative to recoup the cost by adding the commensurate amount as a fine to the patron's main library account. Your balance would then most certainly exceed the $15.00 "good standing" limit, sufficiently leading to the loss of your regular library privileges. This would both affect the borrowing of local and OhioLINK materials and block login access to your ILLiad account.

* Failure to return items generously lent to us can potentially jeopardize our library's good relations with prospective lenders, with whom we previously enjoyed congenial associations. This can easily result in the loss of access to rare materials from valued suppliers, and in turn, potentially diminish our ability to support the research needs of all our users.

Sorry for leaving you with such a "downer" out there as we finish off 2016. On the upside, we guarantee you'll feel much better when you comply with ILL return policies and evade any of the potential negative consequences. With that said, we hope you can look forward to the promise of good fortune in the coming new year.

Questions or comments regarding ILLiad and Interlibrary Loan? Contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.