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Massachusetts Library Enters 90 Millionth OCLC Request

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Massachusetts Library Enters 90 Millionth OCLC Request

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OCLC has announced that the Wellesley Free Library in Wellesley, Massachusetts, entered the 90 millionth OCLC Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for Acton Memorial Library, a member of the Metrowest Massachusetts Regional Library System. Wellesley provides ILL services for Metrowest. The March 29 request came almost 20 years to the day after OCLC activated the ILL subsystem on April 1,1979.

The request was for the book Compulsive Gambling: Theory Research and Practice. Boston College Library (OCLC symbol: BXM) in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, filled the request the next day.

Pamie Roy, interlibrary loan assistant, and Sue Kaler, interlibrary loan librarian, were entering requests at Wellesley when the record was hit by Roy.

"The request read 'one,' and we weren't sure if the millionth should be a one or a zero," said Roy.

"Then, I remembered the OCLC Newsletter saying that when the 80 millionth was hit the record read one, and I said 'Pamie, that may be it,'" said Kaler.

"We weren't positive until Judith Carter [senior product specialist, OCLC Product Management] called from OCLC," said Roy.

The OCLC ILL system displays seven digits and resets to 0000001 each 10 millionth record. …

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