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Keeping Department Names Current in Your ILLiad Account

When you register for a new account in ILLiad, you are presented with a list of Departments or Majors from which to select. These may be either academic or administrative departments which are served by the Kelvin Smith Library for ILL services, and in a number of cases their names have changed over the course of time.

The same list is essentially provided to most of our registrants in the "Change User Information" form in the menu of your login session, so that you have the opportunity to keep this piece of information up-to-date. Of course this also applies if you should transfer from one department which we serve to another.

Below is a short list of some of the academic departments that have changed their names, recently or not-so-recently (and which you may choose to update in your profile, if applicable):

* CHEMICAL & BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING -- formerly CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
* EARTH, ENVIRONMENTAL & PLANETARY SCIENCES -- formerly GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
* MATHEMATICS, APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS -- formerly MATHEMATICS (including STATISTICS)
* PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES -- merger of PSYCHOLOGY and COMMUNICATION SCIENCES
* RELIGIOUS STUDIES -- formerly RELIGION
* THEATER and DANCE -- now two separate departments

Why, you might ask, is it important to keep your department name current in your account? Well, the library periodically generates statistical information on interlibrary loan service transactions, to analyze the borrowing patterns of our users. This often takes into account the usages associated specifically with particular campus departments. As a result, this can have an impact on how the library chooses to allocate its resources in accordance with the research needs of our users.

In short, knowing who needs what we don't already have is an essential concern in the resource curation practices of our organization.

I have previously commented more in depth on the value of maintaining the information in your ILLiad account in my blog entry from November 18, 2015. I hope today's commentary has been instructive, as well.

Need assistance with ILLiad and Interlibrary Loan? Please feel free to 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.