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LSRG Notes May 16 2011

Present: Joey Brown, Allison Demes, Chris Dunlap, Peter Erickson, Kelly Ledbetter, Samantha Lee, Rachael Miller, Rick Moore, Julia Sizek, Nick Stock, Nick Tarasen
From the Library: Judi Nadler (chair), Rachel Rosenberg, Jim Vaughan, John Kimbrough
Guests: Dave Borycz, Special Projects Librarian; David Larsen, Head of Access Services and Assessment.


Followups to our last meeting

At our April 15 meeting, LSRG members inquired about:

uBorrow (CIC Direct Consortial Borrowing)

(introduced by David Larsen)

We are partnering with the CIC-- the "Big Ten" universities plus Chicago -- to pilot uBorrow, a direct consortial borrowing program. We already process around 45% of our ILL requests via our CIC partners -- consortial borrowing will get books into the hands of readers more quickly and allow us to easily see where other copies might be available. We hope to reduce the number of recalls (currently 38,000/year) by offering this alternative service.

There is a new "uBorrow" interface, which David showed. Using Z39.50 protocols, we can search across all the CIC libraries and, for a given title, show which libraries own the title and have it available for borrowing.

When a user places a uBorrow request, we send the request via our existing ILL system to the lending library, who then ships the book to us.  All material will circulate on 12-week loan, similar to our existing quarter loans.


Scan & Deliver

David also introduced the Library's new Scan & Deliver service. In our 2010 graduate and 2011 undergraduate surveys, the #1 most requested new service was "scanning and online delivery of print journal articles." With Scan & Deliver, we will scan a journal article or book chapter from our stacks, and deliver to you via PDF on a secure website. The request mechanism would be via ILLiad, like interlibrary loan. The service would be free, and would probably take 4 business days. We would not scan materials electronically available (we'd point to the link instead), nor would we scan materials on reserve. We may also put in some throttles to manage demand, as we expect the service to be extremely popular.

Would LSRG members use this service? Any comments?