Published on February 11, 2009
Trends in Resource Sharing: More than Just Numbers Mary E. Jackson Product Manager, Resource Sharing Auto-Graphics, Inc. NELINET 27th Annual Resource Sharing Meeting June 1, 2007
Overview of Presentation • Summarize a baker’s dozen emerging resource sharing trends • Some are being implemented; some are more long term initiatives • Comment on the implications for current workflow, policies, and staffing • Respond to your questions and comments 2
The Key Trend: Resource Sharing is no longer about library staff efficiency: it’s about our users. It needs to be.. 3
…As Easy as Google (even with a Swedish interface) 4
…As Fast as Netflix 5
…As Free as Music Downloads 6
…As Self-Sufficient as the Grocery Store 7
…As Comfortable as Borders 8
1. Emerging Service Model • Item not held locally, in use, or perhaps just inconvenient to access – same user-centered and barrier-free access and ordering policies apply • Circ. holds placed in one or more shared or virtual catalogs • If unfilled, requests move seamlessly to mediated RS environment 9
What do we call this Service? User-initiated borrowing Unmediated ILL Unmediated resource sharing Direct borrowing Direct consortial borrowing Circulation-based sharing Extended circulation Remote circulation Enlightened resource sharing Not your mother’s ILL? 10
2. Seamless to the User: Search, Find, Get • Services available where they are • Single search interface • Single “I need this” button • Invisible, reliable suppliers • Fast, predictable delivery • Consistent loan periods, no/low fees, no/few rules 11
3: Convenient • To the user and the library • RSS feeds, email notifications, cell phone alerts, and other push technologies to users • Users select most convenient options for delivery, notification, payment, etc. • Libraries no longer use multiple messaging systems 12
4. Trust our Users • 80% of Finns have library cards • 63% of Americans have library cards – ALA Campaign for America’s Libraries, 2006 • 50% of Australians, Swedes, and Norwegians are members of a public library • Loss rate is higher for local circulation than for ILL 13
5. Ease of Use vs. Privacy • Cookies to remember basic information • More detailed information about user to provide more customized service – Preferences for delivery, payment, language, etc. – Volume of ordering – Tardiness level (average days late) – Number currently on loan (RS and circ.) – What user ordered within last 24 months • User information deleted when requests are completed 14
6. Buy, Borrow, Recommend 15
Buy, Borrow, Recommend Purchase Options 16
7. New Suppliers/Partners 17
8. Suppliers Bid on Requests • Libraries, Document Suppliers, and Online Booksellers • Ranking/evaluation of service based on bidding volume, fill rate, and speed of response • Less differential between fees • Better match between staffing and processing capacity 18
9. Material Delivered to the Home or Office • OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Pilot Project • National Library of Australia’s project • Email notification of delivery • Patron can track delivery • Material returned in reply-paid box or envelope 19
10. Standards are Essential, but Must be Invisible • Z39.50 • OpenURL • OpenURL Request Transfer Message • SIP2 • NCIP • ISO ILL 20
11. Real-Time Updating of Union Catalogs • Lender responds “do not own” – record in OPAC and in union catalog updated or deleted • Higher fill rates • Higher user satisfaction 21
12. Numbers Still a Driver • Handles the increasing demands from local patrons, and from other libraries From 1986-2005 ARL statistics: • Borrowing up 265% • Lending up126% 22
Numbers Still a Driver “User-initiated ILL/DD provides better services to users than mediated ILL/DD.” 2004 23
Numbers Still a Driver: Borrowing Mediated User-Initiated – $17.50 unit cost – $2.39 - $14.70 unit cost – 86% fill rate – 84 – 90% fill – 7.6 calendar rate days – 2.5 – 6.6 calendar days 24
Numbers Still a Driver: Lending Mediated User-Initiated – $9.27 unit cost – $3.27 - $12.06 unit cost – 58% fill rate – 82 – 87% fill – 1.5 calendar rate days – 0.1 – 1.5 calendar days 25
Numbers Still a Driver • ILL transactions are small percentage of circulation – Lorcan Dempsey: 1.7% – Jackson, 2004: 3.9% – Australia: 2003: 0.4% 26
13. Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative • Global, user-centric service framework • Users obtain what they need based on: – Cost – Time – Format – Delivery • Practices and procedures no longer based on library-centric policies and barriers 27
RRS’s Get It Browser Plug-In 28
“Ultimate motivation for using a discovery service is ‘getting.’ Without efficient ‘getting,’ there is little point in providing even the best discovery service.” National Library of Australia 29
Thank You! Any Questions? Mary E. Jackson Product Manager, Resource Sharing Auto-Graphics, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org 909/569-1507 30
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