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Discussion Group Report, ALA Annual, 2012, Anaheim, CA

RUSA/STARS Interlibrary Loan Discussion Group met Saturday, June 23rd,.  Over 85 were in attendance.

This year’s discussion featured two programs.

First, our STARS Vendor Relations Committee presented “The Changing Landscape of E-delivery.”  Attendees learned how libraries are using Atlas Systems Odyssey, BSCAN from Image Access, Relais Express from Relais International and OCLC¹s Article Exchange for electronic delivery in their interlibrary loan offices. (see attached documents)  This session was moderated by Becky Ringwelski, Co-interim Director, Minitex, located at the University of Minnesota.

Our second program featured Lars Leon (University of Kansas) reporting on the Interlibrary Loan Cost Study project.  Both librarians and vendors have continued to refer to the ARL ILL Cost Study data from ten years ago.  This work led by Mary Jackson while at ARL has really helped the community but we need to take an updated look.  Nancy Kress, North Carolina State University (formerly UNLV), and Lars Leon, University of Kansas, recently completed a modest study on FY11 costs across a range of resource sharing services.  This updated information helps to inform the increasing number of buy versus borrow decisions, decisions on the best options to borrow, and more.  Speakers will present highlights from the study and then lead a discussion on how this information can help individual libraries and the community.  You can see Lars & Nancy¹s article at “Looking at Resource Sharing Costs” http://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/dspace/handle/1808/9655.

Ryan Litsey (Texas Tech) was introduced as the Group’s incoming Chair.  Dallas Long (Illinois State University) was elected as Chair-Elect.