Let’s talk about interlibrary loan. I know – we email you about borrowing and lending, Clio and WorldShare and Optima every day, but we never seem to have time to dig in and discuss ILL in any real and meaningful way. And I suspect that we have a lot to talk about here in Massachusetts.

This blog hopefully will be a starting point, a place where we can all bring up our thoughts, concerns, ideas, events, and adventures. All of us on the Resource Sharing Team here at MLS – and you know us – Hansie, Jenn, Judy, Laura, and Vincent – are excited about this chance to talk to you in a more informal setting.

Interlibrary loan, after all, seems to get short shrift. Rarely is it mentioned in library school, and the work we do is often seen as mechanical and lacking creativity. But when you start to think about it, ILL is a crucial part of the library world. Access to information is vital, and access to accurate, timely, and trustworthy information is more important now than ever. The more resources we can obtain, the more informed our patrons, and we can help them become better citizens. We provide, through borrowing and lending, more points of view, more angles on the world. We find information that you can’t discover simply by Googling it. Interlibrary loan, in some ways, stands at the very heart of what we do as library staff, and the better we are at our jobs, the better our world will become.

So we’d love to hear from you. Let’s talk about new and exciting ways to find those rare resources. Let’s discuss patron peculiarities, Clio conventions, and the mysteries of reciprocity. We want to give you a voice and a place to interact with others who are doing ILL alongside you every day.

Welcome to our blog! Please let us know what you’re thinking. Send us a blog entry, a comment, or an idea by emailing us at ill@masslibsystem.org. Thanks!


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