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Friday, January 29, 2010
52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #4 Inter-Library Loan
I don't want to be fired because I didn't follow Amy's instructions exactly. However, there just isn't time or the need for me to get a genealogy book, just for the sake of this challenge. It is mid-winter which means snow, ice and cold in Massachusetts. In addition, I have been told processing inter-library loans (ILL) is a very expensive process to deal with; a lot of wrapping, packing and mailing is involved. Fortunately, they haven't begun to charge patrons, but it may be a reality some day, I heard $5 per request.
Our library belongs to the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. along with quite a few other libraries (my guess is 30 towns). That means, if I want a book that isn't in my library but is in one of the other libraries, I can get it rather quickly if it isn't checked out, otherwise, I am on a waiting list. First, before I even think about ordering a book through ILL, I always check www.worldcat.org to see what libraries have it. Sometimes, you may determine it might not even be available to your library or it just isn't worth the time and effort, if the book is across the country.
In June of 2009, I did a guest blog for Cheryl Palmer Cutting Back on Spending, in which I discuss inter-library loans and Worldcat.
At my library, the inter-library loan requests are processed differently. The order request is sent to another library, where all the requests from the entire consortium are processed. In the past, I have ordered and received two books using this method. One book had to be used at the library under our librarian's eyes. The other I was able to check out.
The books I got were:
1. The Van den Berghs in America by Stockman, R. Grunwell & B. Grunwell, (Lynchburg, VA: Pub. Robert L. Grunwell, 1994) from the Jones Library, Lynchburg, VA and,
2. Molson, The Birth of a Business Empire by Hunter, Douglas, (Canada: Penguin Books, 2001) it came from Univ. of Maine.