Monday, June 29, 2009

Good News In interlibrary loan.

When a user asks how long it takes to get a book or article via ILL, or we mention it during an instruction session, we usually say, "plan on two weeks."
Well Melanie just gave me the report for the last academic year and she has shaved a considerable amount of time off those two weeks. On average, for articles, it takes less than 10 days from the user placing the request to them being notified that the item is available for them to view or print, and less than seven days for books. Overall, on average it takes nine days. That includes weekends and holidays.
Even better, she managed to do this while ILL borrowing increased from 1731 in 2007-08 to 3150 in 2008-09. Even better, she has a couple of things in the works (ILL Direct for books and RapidILL for articles) that should shave even more time off those numbers.
Congratulations Melanie, you get a pickle!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What are people saying about your library?

There has been this really interesting discussion in the ALA group at LinkedIn recently about how to monitor the reputation of your library in "cyberspace." People use the following tools:

Dogpile -- which captures the ones above and MySpace, FaceBook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter
LinkedIn application called Company Buzz

Emily InLow-Hood mentioned that Beth Kanter had some good ideas about this as well. can you think of any others?

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Recycling the Shelflist

Part of the R2 project means the shelflist is redundant. We should have probably done this many years ago, but better late than never. We decided to make quite a big deal out of retiring the beast as a way of making our community more aware of our move from print to digital.
At the end of May we offered individual cards to faculty and staff and a lot of people took us up on the offer to get a card for the books they wrote, or favorite titles. Last week the cabinets were offered to the highest bidder (the big ones went for $200 and the small ones for $120. Amazing.)
On Friday the staff recycled the remaining cards. It took 125 years to build the list and just 35 minutes to recycle it.