OCLC Research Program Officer Dennis Massie to Speak at the 12th IFLA Interlending Document Supply Conference
Ten years ago some observers were talking about how e-journals and direct consortial borrowing were going to put interlibrary loan out of business. And yet the aggregate number of filled ILL requests among ARL libraries has risen steadily nearly every year since then, from about 3.8 million in 1999 to about 4.6 million in 2008. What will the next five years bring? Will increased library spending on e-books make interlibrary loan less relevant, perhaps even extinct? Or will the enhanced discovery and assessment capabilities of digital aggregations such as HathiTrust actually lead to more demand for print? What effect will the movement toward shared regional print repositories, with the resulting "managed scarcity" of copies across the system, have on a typical user's reliance upon a library's ILL operation? What role will copyright play in the near-term future of collection sharing?
Dennis Massie's paper offers educated guesses about these and other questions regarding resource sharing in the digital age, based upon current happenings in the field seasoned with recent data mining exercises conducted by OCLC Research.
If you're attending this year's IFLA Interlending & Document Supply Conference (ILDS), we encourage you to attend this presentation and also contact Dennis Massie with questions or to arrange a meeting.
The theme of this year's ILDS Conference is Resource Sharing in the Digital Age.
OCLC Research at IFLA Interlending & Document Supply Conference
IFLA 12th Interlending & Document Supply Conference