Professor Rosana Diaz-Zambrana of Modern Languages has won the first Annual Olin Library Interlibrary Borrowing Prize. She is the member of the Rollins community who borrowed the most items via our interlibrary loan service during 2006-07, borrowing fifty items in all. Apart of the honor of this prize she also won a cup of coffee (thanks Barbara) from the Bookmark Cafe.
Rosana had lots of lovely things to say about the ILL service and Shawne Keevan who dealt with most of these requests. I can only agree, Shawne does a great job managing to get all kinds of materials from libraries large and small from around the world. Rosana's requests can be really challenging since she requests materials in Spanish, often published in Latin America and the Caribbean, and often out of print.
She was happy to hear about some of the improvements we are working to put in place in our service including software packages that:
- Automatically authenticate so that users do not have to repeatedly type in their personal information and can also track their outstanding requests.
- Automatically populate ILL request forms with the bibliographic data from our databases.
- Significantly speed turnaround time.
- Automatically deliver digital versions of articles to the user.
Shawne and the Digital Library Group are currently investigating what our options are and, if things work out well, we will implement many of these changes in the summer of 2008.