LinkedUp:  Connecting Users and Libraries Around the World

The Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Standing Committee hosted three speakers for a program on international resource sharing last month at the World Library and Information Congress in Wroclaw, Poland. Even if you were unable to attend the program, you still have access to all three program papers through the IFLA Library. Don’t miss out on these timely selections.

Peter Collins (DDRS Chair), Dr. Neena Singh, Monika Szunejko, Marzena Blach

Guest Speaker #1 – Monika Szunejko


Monika Szunejko – Libraries Australia, National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Kaye Foran – Collaborative Services, National Library of New Zealand te Puna Matauranga o Aoteoroa, Wellington, New Zealand

TITLE : Linking up Australia and New Zealand:  Trans-Tasman collaboration and the evolving resource sharing ecosystem


Trans Tasman Interlending, a service designed to facilitate resource-sharing between libraries in Australia and New Zealand, was launched in 2006. The service, brokered by the national libraries of Australia and New Zealand, recognised the close cultural ties and long history of national cooperation between the two countries and enabled libraries on both sides of the Tasman to seamlessly request from and supply to one another despite the ocean between them. The service was unique; as it was the first time two national Interloan utilities had been linked. The success of the service was founded on trust and strong collaboration, advancing interoperability between systems via the trans-Tasman gateway on VDX, and leveraged the centralised billing arrangements in both national services. A decade later, however, the technology and infrastructure underpinning resourcesharing services in both countries is ageing, interlibrary lending is decreasing, and a change in technology platform unexpectedly terminated interoperability between the systems. As a result, the sustainability of the agreement was brought into question.

This paper explores the evolving resource sharing environment in Australia and New Zealand, in particular the fragmentation of supply options, the shift in technology options, the emergence of new alliances and relationships clustered around vendor-based aggregations, and the increasing globalised nature of resource supply and demand. It reflects on the role of national services as regional hubs for resource sharing and interoperability, and what this means for ongoing regional collaboration in a globalised resource-sharing ecosystem

Guest Speaker #2 – Marzena Blach


Marzena Blach – Main Library, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Cracow, Poland

TITLE : Going International:  A case study of a Polish academic Library’s interlibrary loan network


Interlibrary loan services are a core function of the modern library. No library, or even local network of libraries, can hope to collect the vast amount of material that has been and continues to be published. This paper examines the interlibrary loan network of the Main Library of the Pedagogical University of Cracow (MLPU). It will focus on how cooperation with other Polish libraries manifests itself, as well as the means by which the library establishes international partnerships.

The paper will also assess the effectiveness of resource sharing initiatives at MLPU, as well as the performance of its’ ILL services through the analysis of the results of surveys and by applying a Speed of Delivery indicator

Guest Speaker #3 – Dr. Neena Singh


Dr. Neena Singh – University Library, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Uttrakhand, India

TITLE : New Frontiers in Document Delivery and Resource Sharing:  A collaborative consortium approach to Indian libraries


The trend of digital repositories, union catalogues, digital platform for collaborative networking and resource sharing has become increasing important and more relevant today among Indian agricultural libraries. Libraries are exploring new ways to fulfill the information requirement of their patrons through resource sharing and document delivery using the online platform accessible everywhere. The article discusses Inter Library Loan and Document Delivery Services (DDR) facilitated through Consortium Journal Gateway in collaboration with 134 member agricultural libraries under Indian National Agricultural Research System. CeRA the (Consortium for e-Resources in Agriculture) provides a platform for online access to e-journals and inter Library Loan. DDR Services has been established to share resources subscribed by individual libraries as well as consortium journals using the web portal of CeRA. The article also presents an interesting case study of the use of DDR services by patrons of the first Indian Agricultural University that played a vital role in bringing a green revolution in the country.

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