The preprint is now posted on the College & Research Libraries web site. The article is scheduled for publication in the November, 2011 issue.
“Interlibrary Loan Requests for Locally Available Materials: WorldCat Local’s Impact”
by Megan Gaffney (U. of Delaware)
Several studies have researched the reasons and patterns for academic library users’ interlibrary loan requests for materials already available at their college or university library. This study examines interlibrary loan statistics at the University of Delaware for four academic years to determine whether WorldCat Local impacts requests for locally available material. Data show that WorldCat Local does reduce this type of request, particularly when users are requesting returnable loans of materials such as books or audiovisual items rather than copies of articles.