ERIC Number: ED047766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
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NIL: A Study of Unfilled Interlibrary Loan Requests in the NYSILL System.
Ellis, Richard A.; And Others
This is a study of 140 unfilled interlibrary loan requests sent to the New York State Interlibrary Loan Network (NYSILL) during October and November, 1968. Detailed information on each case in the study is provided in an appendix to the report. The findings are: (1) the unfilled requests do not differ markedly from filled requests; (2) The quality of citations for the unfilled requests was good; (3) 85% of the requests were for materials owned by one or more NYSILL lending libraries and (4) 94 of the 140 requests were found to be available for loan at the time of the original proposal. Correction of searching and routing errors would probably have resulted in filling about 56% of these. Recommendations are: (1) Improvements can be made in the quality of citations for requests submitted, and in the time consumed in searching requests at lending libraries, by engaging in intensive training in interlibrary loan procedures; (2) Additional resource institutions are not needed at this time; (3) Steps could be taken to reduce the proportion of items owned but not lendable; and (4) means to improve the NYSILL system's ability to make maximal use of its resources are needed. (Author/SG)
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Sponsor: New York State Library, Albany. Div. of Library Development.
Authoring Institution: Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.