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Research Library Issues, no. 275 (June 2011): Report of the Task Force on International Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Practices

RLI issue 275 includes:

  • Report of the Task Force on International Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Practices
  • White Paper: International Interlibrary Loan
  • White Paper: US Law and International Interlibrary Loan
  • White Paper: Trends in Licensing

SPEC Kit 309: Library Support for Study Abroad (December 2008)

SPEC Kit 309 explores how ARL member libraries are responding to the needs of faculty and student participants in various types of study abroad programs, which library services and resources are provided to participants, how library support is staffed and administered, whether collections are physical or online, and how services are delivered. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of study abroad program Web pages and descriptions of library services for these programs.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 309 on the ARL Digital Publications website.


ARL White Paper on Interlibrary Loan

Statistics, trends, and description of current interlibrary loan (ILL) practices in ARL libraries.

pdf arl_white_paper_ill_june07.pdf


ALA and ARL Response to the Section 108 Study Group Regarding Interlibrary Loan and Other Copies for Users

pdf section108study-libresponse26feb07.pdf


Assessing ILL/DD Services: New Cost-Effective Alternatives

This 2004 ARL study by Mary Jackson, with Bruce Kingma and Tom Delaney, collects and analyzes current data on the performance of mediated and user-initiated (unmediated) ILL/DD services. The study also identifies and describes characteristics of low-cost, high-performing, mediated and user-initiated ILL/DD operations to assist ILL managers to improve their own operations.

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ARL: A Bimonthly Report 230/231 (Oct./Dec. 2003)

Special double issue on new measures

pdf arl-br-230-231.pdf


SPEC Kit 204: Uses of Document Delivery Services (November 1994)

A scanned version of SPEC Kit 204 is available full view through HathiTrust. pdf View document here »


Maximizing Access, Minimizing Cost: A First Step Toward the Information Access Future

Highlights weaknesses and suggests improvements to current interlibrary loan (ILL) and resource sharing practices in ARL libraries.

pdf maximizing-access-dec94.pdf



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