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Resource Sharing

As the adage goes, [resource] sharing is caring. Both libraries and their patrons benefit from the sharing of collections, knowledge, and expertise. While the term Resource Sharing can be used to encompass the sharing of many resources, the documentation included below focuses primarily on the sharing of collections, both within the I-Share system and beyond.

I-Share/Voyager-specific documentation

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Open Access and Interlibrary Loan: Open Access (OA) resources provide a wealth of material available for Interlibrary Loan units to fulfill patron requests. While OA materials are freely available to library users, they are often difficult for researchers to easily discover and access. Interlibrary Loan units that develop workflows that incorporate OA resources are able to improve the service they provide.

Sample Workflows for OCLC Lending: Examples of lending library workflows for recording OCLC loans in an ILS.

Note: For I-Share (Voyager) statistics, refer to the Circulation & Universal Borrowing/Interlibrary Loan page, under "Policies & Annual Statistics."

  • ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Traffic Survey Analysis: FY2012-FY2016: The CARLI Resource Sharing Committee’s annual project for 2016-17 analyzes current trends related to interlibrary loan and resource sharing activities for returnable and non-returnable items in Illinois academic libraries.
  • Resource Sharing Statistics: Navigating the Numbers, Harnessing the Data, OCLC WorldShare and ILLiad
  • Resource Sharing Statistics: Navigating the Numbers, Harnessing the Data for I-Share