Oklahoma City University Law Library participated in the early adoption of OCLC’s new interlibrary loan service, WorldShare ILL (WSILL) in the fall of 2012. Approximately 10 hours of training were completed by the Interlibrary Loan Librarian in preparation for the switch. In fall of 2013, WSILL will completely replace WorldCat Resource Sharing. All of our ILL operations were migrated to WSILL by January 2013. The new interface of WSILL has cut down on the time spent processing both borrowing and lending requests.
The switch from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WSILL will eventually change the way patrons submit interlibrary loan requests. The Interlibrary Loan Librarian is monitoring OCLC’s move to the new services and will provide documentation and assistance to students and faculty during the transition period. OCLC has not released a time line for when the transition to the new discovery service will occur.
The Law Library borrowed 377 articles and books from 103 different libraries. While most of the requests came from Oklahoma and Texas libraries, 3 requests were filled by libraries in Great Britain and 1 request was filled by a library in Australia.
On average, patrons received their requests in about 7.3 days. Last year the average turnaround time for borrowing requests was 6.24 days. This increase could be due to the introduction of OCLC’s new ILL service, WorldShare ILL. Turnaround time could improve again once libraries become more familiar with the new interface.
This year, the Law Library filled 416 lending requests for 180 different libraries. Some of these requests were from libraries in Canada and China. Average turnaround time for filled lending requests in 2012-2013 was 0.65 days. The average turnaround time for 2011-2012 was 0.62. This year’s rate is still a big improvement from the 2010-2011 average of 1.28 days.
In order to ensure uninterrupted access to research materials and to comply with copyright guidelines, a system has been set in place to purchase copies of ILL items for faculty members that have required at least two renewals. Over the 2012-2013 academic year, 30 purchases were made, totaling $820.97. This is slightly down from last year when 33 purchases were made.
Interlibrary loan is a service for faculty, students, and staff that provides access to materials that are not owned by the Oklahoma City University Law Library or the Dulaney-Browne Library.
During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, interlibrary loan usage by our patrons remained the same as last year, increasing by only 7 requests (about 2%). The overall number of ILL transactions has also increased slightly from last year, at 7%. There were 793 total ILL transactions this year, versus 740 last year.
Each year interlibrary loan usage fluctuates based on the needs of our patrons. The graph below shows borrowing and lending from the last 4 years.
In August 2011, the Law Library signed the MALLCO State Statutory Code Sharing Agreement. Under this agreement participating libraries agree to maintain current print versions of select state codes and fill borrowing requests from other libraries. Under the agreement, the Law Library maintains print editions of Colorado Revised Statues, Michie's Hawaii Revised Statutes Annotated, Idaho Code Annotates, New Mexico Statutes Annotated (Conway Green), West's New Mexico Statutes Annotated, and Wyoming Statutes Annotated. Though many of these state statutes are available online and in databases, many patrons need print editions to create Bluebook appropriate citations.
Libraries who sign this agreement also lend general borrowing and copy requests to each other for free.
|MALLCO Reciprocol Agreement Participants|
|University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville|
|University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law at Little Rock|
|University of Cincinnati|
|Creighton University School of Law|
|Drake University Law School|
|University of Kansas School of Law|
|University of Missouri School of Law at Columbia|
|University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law|
|University of Nebraska College of Law|
|University of North Dakota School of Law|
|University of Oklahoma College of Law|
|Saint Louis University School of Law|
|University of South Dakota School of Law|
|University of Tulsa School of Law|
|University of Tennessee|
Over the last fiscal year, 5 new libraries joined the MALLCO Statute Sharing Agreement. These libraries are marked in bold print. One library withdrew from the MALLCO agreement this year.
Of the 377 borrowing requests filled, 6 were MALLCO Statute Sharing requests. These requests were filled by the University of North Dakota, University of Arkansas- Little Rock, University of Arkansas- Fayetteville, Creighton, and University of Kansas.
Of the 415 lending requests filled, 5 were MALLCO Statute Sharing requests. All of these requests were submitted by The University of North Dakota Law Library.
Last year, 19 borrowing statute sharing requests were filled and 18 lending statute requests were filled. The number of statute sharing requests fluctuate from year to year largely based on the resources cited to in the articles picked by our Law Review and the Law Reviews of other MALLCO libraries.