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Library Quarterly Report FY18 Q4: April-June 2018

Interlibrary Loans (ILL) and Document Deliveries

Interlibrary lending, led by Barb Neyman, helps the library quickly locate, acquire, and deliver specialized information to VDOT employees in a way that is more effective than if the library were to attempt to acquire, catalog, and store all of the requested publications. The library continues to be a net borrowerWe use OCLC's WorldShare ILL to efficiently place and receive loan requests from thousands of libraries worldwide. VDOT employees benefit tremendously from this service.

  VDOT as a Borrower from Other Libraries

VDOT as borrower from other libraries.



This quarter the library requested and received 30 items from other libraries. 27 libraries worldwide supplied items to our library, 2 of our requests were from transportation libraries. 23 of our requests were supplied by academic libraries, 2 by federal libraries, 2 by state libraries, 2 by public libraries, and 1 from a private library. Items requested were from libraries in 17 U.S. states. In all, 18 of the requests were filled as hard copy (books/reports) and 12 as photocopy/digital/ fax (articles, chapters, excerpts).



Lending transactions for the last 20 quarters

Since our ILL service began in 2006 we have always borrowed more than we are asked to loan — as many as 70 items in a quarter. But lending continues to decrease and we see that this quarter we only loaned one item. We can only loan if requests come to us, but we do routinely decline requests for loans of items we don't have or which are checked out.


Document Deliveries
 FY18 Q1  FY18 Q2  FY18 Q3  FY18 Q4
 64  60  74  93

Note: Document Deliveries are items patrons request that library staff scan or download from a database or subscription resource and sent to the patron as a service.

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