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Friday, May 17 • 4:00pm - 4:10pm
Numbers Don’t Lie: ILL Assessment through Monetary Cost/Benefit Analysis

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Conveying the value of a free interlibrary loan service to library administration can be difficult. The Sherratt Library is employing a new method of cost-benefit data selection for ILL. Showing measurable decreases in collection development costs while maximizing user access lends greater administrative value to the service. This presentation outlines our process of data selection and application of a monetary value to ILL requests as well as tips for advocating the service to administrators.

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Tammy Buehler

Resource Sharing Coordinator, Southern Utah University, Gerald R. Sherratt Library

Friday May 17, 2019 4:00pm - 4:10pm MDT
Eagle Room 200 B
  (5) Academic Librarianship, Lightning Talk (10 Minutes)
  • Objective 1 Provide the audience with strategies for demonstrating the value of interlibrary loan to university departments and administration.
  • Objective 2 Suggest new ways to capture and organize ILL usage data allowing ILL services to both demonstrate good return on investment and respect library users privacy and intellectual freedom.
  • Objective 3 Provide a workable methodology for advocating for essential library services using objective data.