Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Electronic ILL and Document Delivery System

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Electronic ILL and Document Delivery System

Article excerpt

Most librarians are caught in budget cuts which force them to spend less on serials and monographs. Consequently, users are dissatisfied with their libraries for the following reasons:

* reduced resources

* declining library budgets

* soaring prices of journals and library materials

* fluctuations in world currencies

* rapid demands for needed materials or information

Now the trend is to spend more on electronic media and information to satisfy the user's needs. For example, online library systems including OCLC, RLIN, and Docline have made it easy for library users to locate and access needed information as long as it is available.

Librarians have electronic tools in their hands, including microcomputers and modems; they can use the computer capabilities to their utmost if they know how. Therefore, needed information can be accessed in a very short period of time (less than a minute to a couple of hours), if their computers are connected to an online library database.

If a scanner is connected, an article could be scanned and faxed over the network, or by using a fax card/machine, in a matter of seconds. The demand for journal articles will continue to increase because journals are still the media for exchanging ideas and thoughts among professionals and scholars. Indeed, technology has dramatic impacts on shared resources, ILL, document delivery, and provision of full-text.

In an attempt to meet those goals, this author has developed an electronic document delivery system that utilizes the microcomputer, e-mail, fax-modem card, and scanner. This system offers greater efficiencies for interlibrary loan and document delivery operations. This system could be used in any library (academic, research, medical, special, law, public) and could be developed at stages according to any library's financial capabilities. …

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