New Report, "Greening Interlibrary Loan Practices"

This report details the findings from an OCLC Research-sponsored study of the environmental impact of current interlibrary loan practices, as well as recommended practices for reducing the carbon footprint of resource sharing operations worldwide.

OCLC Research commissioned a study of current interlibrary loan (ILL) practices by California Environmental Associates, a firm of environmental impact consultants. Utilizing data provided by OCLC and gathered during interviews with staff at a dozen US libraries, the consultants correlated specific interlending practices with measurable impacts on greenhouse gas emission levels. These findings, along with key recommendations and best practices, are included in the report.

This information was also covered in a Greening ILL webinar on 6 May 2010, a recording of which is available on the OCLC Research Web site and in iTunes.

More Information

Report: Greening Interlibrary Loan Practices (.pdf)

Greening ILL Webinar Recording

OCLC Research Webinars in iTunes

For more information:

Dennis Massie
Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research

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