A complete handbook of interlibrary loan practices

For Immediate Release
Fri, 05/27/2011

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CHICAGO—Collections are increasingly shared among libraries, and the new third edition of “Interlibrary Loan Practices Handbook,” published by ALA Editions, gives library staff the tools necessary for a smoothly functioning interlibrary loan (ILL) system. Editors Cherié L. Weible and Karen L. Janke clearly explain the complexities of getting materials from outside the library for patrons, presenting a complete view of the process. With contributions from all areas of the technical services community, this handbook provides:

  • Guidance on how to do ILL efficiently and effectively, with advice on how to be a considerate borrower and lender;
  • Details of preferred staffing and management techniques, showing how best practices can be implemented at any institution;
  • Discussion of important issues that can fall between the cracks, such as hidden copyright issues, and the logistics of lending internationally.

Weible is head of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery and an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has published numerous articles, papers, lectures and consulted for ILL operations workflow on a professional level.

Janke is the library director at Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development located in downtown Chicago.  Previously, she was an associate librarian and team leader for Access Services at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she worked in Interlibrary Loan and Access Services. She has co-authored articles for the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve on article delivery turnaround time and management issues as well as a forthcoming article in the Journal of Popular Culture.

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