ERIC Number: ED022492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the New York State Library's NYSILL Pilot Program.
Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
This report describes NYSILL, a project undertaken to expand interlibrary loan service to New York's public and private libraries. Contracts were made with 3 major public libraries as "area referral libraries" and 9 private libraries as "subject referral libraries" to aid the State Library in filling its interlibrary loan requests. The report analyzes data kept on 43,000 NYSILL requests received between March 22 and November 21, 1967, and data from questionnaires sent to participating libraries. Statistics showing how the system was was used and who used it, in what subject areas materials were requested, the amount of time required to fill requests, the percentage of requests filled, the number of times requests were referred, and the cost per request are given. The impact of NYSILL on medical library interlibrary lending and academic interlibrary lending is also explored. The report's recommendation is that NYSILL be continued on an experimental basis at least through March, 1969, although the evidence has "not established the inherent value of this particular reference and research interlibrary loan concept." The evidence does indicate that NYSILL has been successful in gathering valuable data and "know-how" as well as in identifying key questions which must be answered before any statewide interlibrary loan program is set up. (CC)
Descriptors: College Libraries, Interlibrary Loans, Libraries, Library Cooperation, Library Services, Medical Libraries, Public Libraries, Special Libraries
Commerce Offset, 657 Commerce St., Thornwood, N.Y. 10594 ($5.00).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: New York; New York State Library