INWOOD, WV, June 14, 2002- With 58,285 requests processed in only eight months, Loan SHARK, the State Library of Louisiana's interlibrary loan (ILL) system, has clearly demonstrated its ability to function fast and well.
TLC's ILL product, Library.Request, dubbed "Loan SHARK" by the State Library, was implemented last August, serving 65 public libraries in Louisiana.
Of the 58,285 requests placed on the system, 48,652 have been fulfilled--an 85 percent success rate for participating libraries.
Library.Request, a Web-based, resource-sharing management solution, allows ILL messaging with any system that supports the ISO 10161 protocol, a universal standard. The protocol enables seamless tracking and statewide resource sharing. As with Loan SHARK, TLC can host Library.Request to eliminate server maintenance issues for library staff and reduce library workload.
"Feedback from the public libraries using LOAN SHARK supports the statistics: the system is easy to use with minimal training, and customers are getting their requests filled quickly," said Louisiana State Librarian Tom Jaques.
"Loan SHARK has lived up to its name," said TLC CEO Annette Bakhtiar. "It has easily coped with the demands of participating libraries and demonstrates the advantages of resource sharing. Library.Request traverses geographical boundaries, enabling libraries from different areas to collaborate on resource-sharing."
For more information on the State Library of Louisiana, visit www.state.lib.la.us.