ERIC Number: ED328253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Onsite Access to Library Collections by Visiting Scholars.
Anderson, Nancy D.; Stenstrom, Patricia F.
Documentation supplied in this kit demonstrates how research libraries provide services to visiting scholars as distinguished from other categories of external user. A "visiting scholar" is most often defined as a faculty member affiliated with an institution of higher education but the term may also include independent scholars and persons affiliated with non-profit research institutions. Results of a survey of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member libraries demonstrate that scholars connected with higher education institutions may have access to all ARL libraries and their in-house collections. Occasionally the library may limit the use to a restricted time period, for example, seven days. Reciprocal (consortial) agreements among libraries allow visiting scholars to borrow material and gain access to collections; it is viewed as both an extension of interlibrary loan and as part of the libraries' responsibility to each others' faculty. In general, the policies which govern in-house use for visiting scholars are much the same as for affiliated scholars; the only apparent difference in policy pertains to circulation policies. Nearly all visiting scholars incur fees for photocopying services, interlibrary borrowing, and online search services. Although short-term access to library collections is almost invariably free, fees are generally charged for long-term access. Included in this kit are a summary of the survey results and materials from more than 40 libraries and related agencies which include definitions of a visiting scholar, library policy statements, and documents supporting specific reciprocal borrowing agreements on the national, regional, and local level. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Higher Education, Library Circulation, Library Collections, Library Expenditures, Library Services, Library Statistics, Library Surveys, Online Searching, Questionnaires, Reference Services, Research Libraries, Users (Information)
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Services, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($20.00).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.