Thursday, January 28, 2010

52 Weeks - Challenge 4 - Inter Library Loan

I am participating in 52 weeks to better genealogy. This week's challenge is:

Learn about your local public library’s inter-library loan (ILL) policy. Pick a genealogy-related book that you want to read that is not in your library’s collection. Ask the librarian how to request the book from another library. Find the different library systems from which you can request books through your own library, as this can dramatically increase the number of genealogy books to which you have access. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experience with requesting items through your library’s ILL service.

Once again I am finding it difficult to get out of the house. Fortunately, the local library describes the Interlibrary loan service on their website. According to the website, it's possible to request an interlibrary loan for a fee of $13.20 per item, or per 30 photocopied pages. Books may take weeks to arrive. If you are in the library, you can access Libraries Australia to search for the book. If not, you can search Trove, which is a relatively new consolidated search facility from the National Library of Australia.

I also looked at the interlibrary loan service from the National Library. Like the local library service, the NLA charges $13.20 however, you can only read the book onsite. Photocopied pages are a little cheaper than the local library service at $13.20 for 50 consecutive pages. I'm sure I also saw somewhere on the site (but can't find it now!) mention that the NLA can look for books overseas. It's not clear if the local library service will do that.

It would have been better to complete this challenge by visiting the library and talking to a real live librarian.
I will certainly keep interlibrary loans in mind, and talk to a librarian if there's something I want to find.






5 comments:

  1. You've inspired me again, Shelley! I keep putting these challenges off and we're already up to week 4, so I'll have to pull my finger out!

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  2. The one time I tried the Inter-Library Loan the Library that had the book refused to send it and neither would the National Library

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  3. Carole - I see you've put up week 5! Now I have to catch up!

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  4. Maria - Oh how disappointing! I've never actually tried it. Fortunately I can visit the National Library myself...

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  5. The one time I tried the Inter-Library Loan the Library that had the book refused to send it and neither would the National Library

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