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Title: Emerging trends in interlibrary cooperation
Author(s): Martin, Lowell A.
Subject(s): Library cooperation
Abstract: Cooperation among libraries is by no means a fresh and new idea. I need only mention interlibrary loan, centralized cataloging, personal use of reference, bibliographic records of holdings among groups of libraries, and agreements on planned joint acquisition of resources, including one among three large libraries in Chicago that is dated 1895. I do not know when the first book was exchanged between libraries in the United States, but I do know that the February 1913 issue of Library Journal carries an article on interlibrary loan that asks how long larger libraries can continue to carry the load of requests from smaller libraries without some compensating return. 1 Illinois began to answer the question half a century later by passing state legislation providing payments to designated reference and research centers. The early literature does not use the word cooperation as much as we do now, but the term may well apply in its purest meaning to the spontaneous, informal sharing of resources that was fairly common by the turn of the century. For a considerable period, libraries in cities, towns, schools, colleges, and universities were hard pressed to keep up with immediate and mounting local demands, Following this came a considerable lull in concrete cooperative projects among libraries. A man trying to keep his own boat afloat does not have much time to engage in squadron maneuvers with others, but a man who realizes he is destined in time to sink alone, does look around for help.
Issue Date: 1969
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In C.E. Thomassen (ed) Cooperation between types of libraries; the beginnings of a State plan for library services in Illinois (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute November 3-6, 1968): 1-11.
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/495
ISBN: 0-87845-010-6
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-04-09


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