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Testing New ILL Technology

Beta project with FAS Libraries patrons to improve ILL services.

 

June 3, 2014—A beta test of new technology designed to improve Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for both patrons and library staff members went live this week.

The new technology, which connects ILLiad, the primary ILL processing software, with Aleph, the circulation software, will allow users affiliated with FAS and Central Administration to:

  • Pick up ILL materials from one of eight Harvard libraries.
  • Return ILL materials to any Harvard library.
  • View and renew ILL requests from “My Account” in HOLLIS.
  • Enjoy borrowing periods of six weeks, with one renewal.

During the beta test, which will be conducted from June 2 to July 7, 2014, patrons can pick up ILL materials at Cabot, Ernst Mayr, Fine Arts, Harvard-Yenching, Lamont, Loeb Music, Tozzer or Widener. The project is a collaboration between FAS Libraries, Library Technology Services and Resource Sharing.

The beta loan policy for ILL materials—six weeks with one renewal—aligns with the loan policy for Borrow Direct materials. During the beta, ILL materials will be held for 10 days before they are returned to the owning library, which also aligns with Borrow Direct. No overdue fines will be charged for ILL materials; charges will be made for recalls or non-return of materials.

Following the beta period, the service will be assessed to determine if it should be formally adopted and expanded to other libraries.

Please contact Ken Peterson with any questions.

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