"A Glimpse of the ILL Yeti: Stalking the Big, Big Picture of System-wide Collection Sharing" webinar recording available


Most libraries belong to multiple resource sharing arrangements and use several different fulfillment systems, so getting a complete picture of collection sharing activity has become like trying to get a snapshot of Bigfoot.

In this webinar recording, Program Officer Dennis Massie gives an overview of how OCLC Research is analyzing five years' worth of collection sharing activity by the eleven members of the Borrow Direct consortium to provide an overview of the borrowing and lending patterns of one very active and innovative group.

Questions addressed by the study include:

  • Is overall sharing volume going up or down?
  • How is utilization of the various resource sharing models and venues evolving?
  • Is there any truth to the rumor that the proliferation of e-resources in libraries is actually making interlibrary loan obsolete?

This webinar recording should be of interest to anyone working with collections, e-resources, resource sharing, or data analysis. It included plenty of time for questions, observations, and discussion.

This was the third webinar in our Works in Progress: an OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series, exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners. OCLC Research Library Partners are invited to participate in these Works in Progress webinars to informally review and provide feedback on work happening in OCLC Research, as well as to tell us what they are working on that everyone should know about and what input would help them move forward. Although webinar attendance is exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, the webinar recordings are made publicly available afterward.

For more information:

Dennis Massie
Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research


Webinar files


  • View webinar recording on YouTube [link]
  • Download webinar recording (.mp4) [link]


  • View webinar slides on SlideShare [link]
  • Download webinar slides (.pptx) [link]