A model of the NELINET computerized interlibrary loan system: testing strategies for load-leveling
Journal of library automation
Wolper, James~Trudell, Libby
Abstract: A mathematical model of a regional interlibrary loan system was developed as a tool for the design and evaluation of a strategy to equalize the load of ILL on libraries in the system. The model simulates an automated ILL system that keeps track of each library''s ILL activity and identifies those libraries that are overburdened with requests. The load-leveling capability of several algorithms for representing each library''s ILL activity was tested. It was found that the algorithms were nearly equal in effectiveness but presented differing implementation problems. Because of recognized limitations in the environment represented to the model, further evaluation of the load-leveling concept in a test version of an automated ILL system is suggested.