A Publication of the Public Library Association Public Libraries Online

Posts Tagged ‘interlibrary loan’

stacks of books

Group Catalog and OCLC’s Navigator: Burden or Blessing?

A group catalog can be a wonderful thing for library users. A library opening up their catalog to patrons outside their service population signifies progress in librarianship. But stop to consider the postage price for libraries with small budgets. Many libraries are willing to forgo the risk of receiving books back from a borrowing library.

arrangement of hard cover books on orange background

The Haves and The Have-Nots

With budget cuts plaguing my state, discussions have arisen over Interlibrary Loan, more specifically, the feasibility of delivering requested items from one location to another. The bottom line: This service is expensive. It is no surprise the discussion got heated and started to reflect the sometimes petty biases and politics of large groups. The conversation also reflects a fundamental divide that occurs across many competitive organizations: the divide between the haves and the have-nots.

university sign (in latin)

Occam’s Reader: Interlibrary E-book Loans

“Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. Translated: More things should not be used than are necessary.”
—Occam’s Razor