Resources Anytime, Anywhere: How Interlibrary Loan Becomes Resource Sharing examines the phenomena where university campuses and their academic libraries are becoming increasingly interconnected. A major sign of this is the transformation of interlibrary loan into resource sharing.
The book explores the transformation of interlibrary loan into resource sharing by taking a look at the ideas that have motivated the library-developed technologies that have changed the way resource sharing is conducted. The technologies developed by the Texas Tech University libraries and others focus on three main ideas.
The first idea is that resource sharing as a work process must be viewed more as logistical management rather than through the traditional lens of just lending books. To that end, the book examines a statistical tracking system with predictive analytics to assess resources sharing transactions. It also considers a logic processing system. Second, the types of resources being shared have evolved beyond the traditional books and articles. This evolution leads to the creation of Occam's Reader, the first library-developed method to lend eBooks via interlibrary loan.
The final characteristic of the new model of resource sharing is connecting with users in different ways. To that end, there have been developments in mobile apps and other systems that allow users to make requests of the resource sharing department directly from any setting.
- Describes the theoretical underpinnings of interlibrary loan
- Examines the more contemporary technological issues within interlibrary loan
- Considers leading edge technologies critical to libraries
- Provides examples of how libraries can apply these methods at their institution
2. Logistical Management and Resource Sharing
OBILLSK and big data at TTU Libraries
CIC statistical database
Book Raider app for resource sharing
Integration of resource sharing into ILS
The increased use of integrated discovery with requesting systems: Relais D2D and RAPID
4. Resource Sharing Evolution
eBooks and Beyond
Making scientific datasets sharable
The interlibrary loan of unique items (such as 3D objects, location-restricted special collection items, and other heretofore un-lendable things)
5. Publishing Library-Developed Technology and Sharing What We Have Learned
Current examples of how library-developed technology is shared with other libraries
Getting It Systems Toolkit
Ryan Litsey is the Associate Librarian and head of Document Delivery at Texas Tech University. A graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Library and Information Sciences, he has spent a majority of his academic career developing ground breaking technologies that have endeavored to transform Resource Sharing. Both Occams Reader and the stats tracking system OBILLSK have changed the way ILL librarians are able to share the resources of their respective institutions. Ryan was recognized by the Library Journal as a 2016 Mover and Shaker in library technology. He is also active in several ALA - RUSA/STARS committees, he is a consulting editor for the Journal of Access Services and the associate editor for the Journal of Interlibrary Loan Document Delivery and Electronic Reserve. His academic research is in resource sharing, machine learning, predictive analytics and anticipatory commerce.