DUBLIN, Ohio, July 6, 2000--OCLC has formed the Global Sharing Program to foster international resource sharing. By formalizing rules for borrowing and lending beyond state and national boundaries, this new program makes it easier for participating libraries to identify lending partners around the world and to process international interlibrary loan transactions.
"Traditionally, one of the biggest challenges among libraries has been to know which institutions are willing to conduct interlibrary loan transactions across international borders," said Cathy Kellum, manager of the Global Sharing Program and consulting product support specialist in Resource Sharing Product Management. "OCLC's Global Sharing Program helps to facilitate this process by simplifying identification of those libraries and the materials they hold in WorldCat, as well as by formalizing policies for OCLC ILL beyond state and national boundaries. We're very excited to be able to provide this mechanism for global choice to our library members."
The Global Sharing Program expands access and speeds delivery of international materials through improved staff productivity because it is easier to identify lenders, there are fewer blind requests for materials, and there is automated creation and tracking of requests. The Global Sharing Program also provides improved service to users through broader access to global materials, higher ILL fill rates and faster turnaround time. The program also offers controlled costs through the OCLC ILL Fee Management service, which streamlines the invoicing process by permitting a lender to charge and a borrower to pay via their OCLC statement, avoiding the administrative expense of currency conversion and cutting a check.
The primary requirements for joining the Global Sharing Program are:
- The OCLC ILL Fee Management service is the only payment method accepted.
- Fax or Internet document delivery, such as Ariel, is the only delivery method for non-returnable material that can be used.
- Airmail or courier is the only delivery method for returnable material that can be used.
- Lending to all participants in the group is mandatory.
Currently 30 libraries are participating in the Global Sharing Program including the Library of Congress (United States), CISTI (Canada), University of Queensland (Australia) and the National Library of Education (Denmark).
Any library wishing to participate in this Global Sharing Program must complete an application and agreement form available at < http://www.oclc.org/oclc/forms/gac.htm >.
For more information:
Nita Dean +1-614-761-5002