AMERICUS (Feb. 25, 2014)--Georgia Southwestern State University's James Earl Carter Library recently added the ILLiad program to its Interlibrary Loan Department (ILL) to enhance the library experience of its patrons.
According to Library Access Services Supervisor John Wilson, “ILLiad is a wonderful tool for our patrons at the Library. In the past, we have helped many people obtain books, DVDs, music CDs and articles, but there were limitations."
Wilson explained patrons had difficulty tracking their requests, having to visit the library to complete paper forms or email entire citations of the items they wanted.
“By upgrading to ILLiad,” Wilson added, “we have corrected these problems. Patrons can easily create ILLiad accounts and request items in a snap. They can also monitor the status of their items and receive automatic emails when the items arrive."
In addition, articles can be sent electronically to each user account, allowing those balancing work and school to receive the material they need in a timely manner.
“The ILL operated directly through the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), an online collection of many of the world’s libraries and was limited to several select group of networks," said Wilson. "ILLiad also uses OCLC, but there is a difference in article speed, shipping speed and even in the number of libraries in our networks. What we have is a complete increase across the board. Since many libraries are already using ILLiad, materials are in many cases processed much faster for libraries that use ILLiad.”
To create an account, go to the following site: http://gsw.edu/Library/interlibrary-loan/index. For more information, contact John Wilson at 229-931-2266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption--Library Assistant Bokshim Fox stands beside “Homer,” the GSW ILLiad mascot promoting the GSW Library's new loan system.
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