ERIC Number: ED211076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: N/A
Florida Library Information Network Project: A Comparative Study of OCLC, TWX, U.S. Mail, and Closed-Circuit Teletype February 2, 1981-March 31, 1981 With Recommendations.
Gorin, Robert S.; Kanen, Ronald A.
The Florida Interlibrary Loan Improvement Project (FILIP), initiated in 1979 by the Florida State Library to examine and analyze the interlibrary loan patterns and problems of the Florida Library Information Network (FLIN), compared the use of the OCLC Interlibrary Loan subsystem as a mode of communication between FLIN member libraries to the use of an established system employing closed-circuit teletype, TWX (an automated interlibrary loan system), and mail courier for interlibrary exchange between FLIN members. The systems were run in parallel for a 2-month period, and their efficiency and cost-effectiveness were analyzed. Use of the OCLC Interlibrary Loan subsystem proved more efficient and cost-effective than the TWX system, but closed-circuit teletype was found to be the most efficient method for sending messages between major FLIN resource centers. It was recommended that the closed-circuit teletype system be retained for interlibrary communication, that the OCLC Interlibrary Loan subsystem be adopted for the referral of requests to university and out-of-state libraries, and that the use of TWX, which was no more efficient than filling requests by mail, be discontinued. Data are summarized in nine tables, and the 12 different log and time-study forms used by project participants are reproduced in the report. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida Dept. of State, Tallahassee.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Library, Tallahassee.