ERIC Number: ED185996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The International Exchange of Publications and International Lending--Is There a Useful Relationship?
Allardyce, A.; Vickers, S. C. J.
The exchange of publications and international lending are both international interlibrary activities for bringing to a library works which are not owned by that library or which are owned in insufficient quantity to meet demand. This paper examines the relationships between the two to determine which would in practice be of assistance to the reader. Only in countries where every resource must be employed to save currency in the acquisition of foreign material or where the development of a strong international exchange program is given priority would coordination seem beneficial, and this might be at a sacrifice of the real need of the foreign lender or borrower, unless the alternative is offered without extra delay or cost in the first instance. The exception might be where the resources of a duplicate exchange center may match interlending demand among countries of common culture, and that seems likely to be less useful than well organized international loan arrangements. Some current blanket exchanges of periodicals or dissertations might be unnecessary if interlending could be improved or selective on-demand exchanges developed. The usefulness of duplicate exchange to help build up dedicated loan collections is beyond question; and the extent to which it will mitigate the need for borrowing depends on coincidence of the supply and the loan demand, although long term trends may smooth out disparities. (Author/CMV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (45th, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 27-September 1, 1979). For related document, see IR 008 320.