ERIC Number: ED168502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of CAMLS Experimental ILL System. A Report Prepared for the Library Council of Greater Cleveland by the ILL Evaluation Task Force.
York, Henry; And Others
This report is an evaluation of an interlibrary loan system that was put into operation for a 6-month experimental period beginning January 1, 1978, by the Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System (CAMLS), a regional cooperative network of 19 public, academic, and special libraries in northern Ohio. The objective of the system was to increase efficiency by means of three major components: (1) the use of OCLC as the principal locator source with telefacsimile machines to relay requests directly from borrowing to lending library; (2) the use of a central resource library (Cleveland Public) to screen all requests for which OCLC did not provide a potential lending library; and (3) the use of referral circuit utilizing telefacsimile to route the remaining unfilled requests among member libraries. A statistical analysis of the ILL requests during the period indicated that over one-half of all the requests were handled directly between the borrowing and lending libraries; of the remaining requests, one-third were filled by the resource library; and less than one-third of all requests were placed on the circuit. The evaluation concluded that the experimental system was successful and should be continued. Other recommendations and the questionnaire used in the evaluation are included in the report. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System, OH.