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Record-Breaking OhioLINK Borrowing in January
Books & other materials never take a semester break, and OhioLINK borrowing records were shattered in one week this January—with no classes in session. Faculty, students and staff of OhioLINK academic institutions typically keep libraries busy in early January, but this year over 30,000 items were borrowed between January 5 & 11th.
Sharing materials via easy, unmediated, online ordering on the OhioLINK Central Catalog is one of the hallmarks of our award-winning OhioLINK consortium, now 88 members strong. The State Library of Ohio and two public libraries also are members for resource-sharing efforts, and during the record-breaking week all member institutions borrowed materials.
“Use of OhioLINK services has continually shown that Ohio students, faculty and researchers are voracious users of as much instruction and research information as we can possibly provide them,” Tom Sanville, OhioLINK’s executive director, said. “With tight or declining library budgets, OhioLINK also continues to demonstrate that the only economically affordable way for Ohio university and college libraries to provide needed information is through collaboration.”
Case, one of six founding OhioLINK members, always has strong January activity & also broke last year's January records, borrowing 4,124 items. Annual shared OhioLINK activity for July 2007-June 2008 saw Case researchers supplement local collections by borrowing 26,713 items, while sharing 28,715 Case materials with others in the consortium.
During the last 12 months, OhioLINK delivered 777,000 items to its members—thanks to all our colleagues for making easy, seamless delivery a daily part of campus life!
More details are available in the 2/2/09 entry on the OhioLINK What's New blog.
Posted by Karen Oye on February 17, 2009 11:13 PM