ERIC Number: ED307887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Library Resource Sharing in Colorado.
Boucher, Virginia; Fayad, Susan
A study was performed for the Colorado State Library to assess the current status of resource sharing--i.e., interlibrary loan (ILL), reference referral, and document delivery--among Colorado librarians, for the purpose of creating a benchmark for evaluating current services and for making recommendations for improvements in these areas. Four methods of data gathering were used: (1) site visits with the seven regional systems, with one or more of the major resource libraries in each region, and with the ILL service of the Colorado Resource Center (CRC); (2) ILL statistics complied from various existing reports from the regional system, from the CRC, from individual libraries, and from OCLC; (3) a survey distributed to a representative sample of libraries participating in ILL; and (4) a lending cost study executed by major resource libraries. From the results of analyses of all these data, 38 recommendations were developed. The report contains descriptions of the site visits, which provide a comprehensive and detailed picture of the resource sharing system and the CRC; the survey results, which show that ILL and other resource sharing activities are a vital part of library service in Colorado; an ILL lending cost study which provides a realistic, statewide determination of the cost of interlibrary lending; ILL loan statistics, which indicate the importance of ILL in meeting the information needs of state residents; a glossary and program description; and a two-part bibliography. The 10 appendixes include a copy of the survey questionnaire. (21 references) (CGD)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Interlibrary Loans, Library Expenditures, Library Networks, Library Role, Library Statistics, Library Surveys, Questionnaires, Shared Resources and Services, State Libraries
Colorado State Library, 201 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80203 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado State Library, Denver.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado