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Title:The Specifics of Interlibrary Organization
Author(s):Jackson, William Vernon
Subject(s):Reference services (Libraries)
Abstract:If, in bringing together the library patron and the material he needs, the librarian finds that he has exhausted the resources of his own institution, he turns to those of pther libraries. In fact, it is taken for granted that he will do so; today we do not stop to realize that without library cooperation this would not be possible. There are, of course, many kinds of library cooperation: regional library centers, union lists, subject specialization, cooperative cataloging, exchange of duplicates, joint purchase of supplies, and interlibrary loans --to name but a few. All contribute to better library service, but this paper considers only those which affect reference work especially. Among cooperative devices perhaps the first to come to mind is the union list. In the last seventy-five years the number of union lists in existence has multiplied greatly, and there are a number of reasons why they constitute so successful a type of library cooperation. In the first place, there is neither need for indefinite commitments on the part of the cooperating libraries, nor is it necessary for them to give up anything. The union list, on the other hand, has an immediate practical use for cataloging, for acquisition purposes, for weeding and for locating items either for direct consultation or for interlibrary loan.
Issue Date:1957
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In R.B.Phelps and J.Phillips (eds). 1957. The library as a community information center; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Library School, September 29-October 2, 1957. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 36-50.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (4th : 1957)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1957.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-13

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