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Cardiff Univeristy libraries join IRU Cost Scheme shimAdd News79 to Scrapbook

Five ILL desks operated by Cardiff University have joined the Conarls IRU Cost Scheme:

  • Archie Cochrane Library (University Hospital Llandough);
  • Cathays Park ILL;
  • Dental Library;
  • Health Library, University Hospital Wales;
  • Health Library, Nursing and Healthcare Studies.

This means they will now use the 'Conarls rate' when borrowing from or lending to the other libraries in the scheme, instead of using the higher BLDSC rate.

The full list of participants in the scheme is available on the TCR website.

Conarls rate to rise in August 2013 shimAdd News78 to Scrapbook

The unit charge for borrowing items under the IRU Cost Scheme will rise to £6.00 from 1 August 2013. This charge, commonly known as the Conarls rate, has been held at £5.50 since 2008. It is increasing in order to cushion the effects of rising transport costs on net lenders.

The Inter-Regional Unit Cost Scheme was set up in 2000 to reduce inter-lending costs for libraries. The rate applies to both loans and photocopies, but renewals are free under the scheme. Any library may join the scheme and there is no charge for membership.

Royal Northern College of Music joins IRU Cost Scheme shimAdd News77 to Scrapbook

The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester has joined the Conarls IRU Cost Scheme. This means they will now use the 'Conarls rate' when borrowing from or lending to the other libraries in the scheme, instead of using the higher BLDSC rate.

The full list of participants in the scheme is available on the TCR website.

Conarls Transport Survey shimAdd News76 to Scrapbook

The Conarls Working Group of The Combined Regions is conducting a survey on the use of transport schemes for interlibrary loans. This survey will inform the group's work on improving the system as well as making it more cost effective.

If you work in interlibrary loans, Conarls would be most grateful if you would take the time to provide your answers to a short survey. You can access the survey on SurveyMonkey by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CPGZ25P. If you are unable to access the survey in this way, please contact Mike McGrath who will supply a Word equivalent. This should be saved to your computer, completed, saved again and sent as an email attachment back to Mike.

The deadline for responses is 6th November 2012. All replies will be treated in confidence although the aggregated data will be circulated to some TCR/Conarls representatives.

TCR/OCLC Paper Highly Commended shimAdd News75 to Scrapbook

A paper written by TCR Chair Rob Froud and OCLC's Elisabeth Robinson has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012. 'The end user enabled: the development of a UK wide resource sharing network for public libraries' was published in Interlending and Document Supply, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp. 217220 in 2011. It describes how TCR and OCLC worked together establish UnityUK, a National Union Catalogue for UK Public Libraries, and continue to innovate with a UK National Public Library Catalogue called FABLibraries.

Due to its status as a Highly Commended paper, 'The end user enabled' is available free of charge from the Emerald website for three months.

TCR submission to the Select Committee on Library Closures shimAdd News74 to Scrapbook
TCR has submitted a repsonse to the DCMS Selcect Committee on Library Closures 2012 which can be seen here: /assets/Evidence%20select%20ctteeFINAL1.pdf
Harlaxton College joins IRU Cost Scheme shimAdd News73 to Scrapbook

Harlaxton College in Grantham, Lincolnshire has joined the Conarls IRU Cost Scheme. This means they will now use the 'Conarls rate' when borrowing from or lending to the other libraries in the scheme, instead of using the higher BLDSC rate.

The full list of participants in the scheme is available on the TCR website.

Medway Libraries joins IRU Cost Scheme shimAdd News72 to Scrapbook

Medway Council's library service has joined the Conarls IRU Cost Scheme. This means they will now use the 'Conarls rate' when borrowing from or lending to the other libraries in the scheme, instead of using the higher BLDSC rate.

The full list of participants in the scheme is available on the TCR website.

Electronic resources and ILL: survey results shimAdd News71 to Scrapbook

The results of a survey into the use of electronic resources in the context of inter-library loans has now been published. The survey was conducted at the end of 2010 by TCR's Conarls Working Group, the Forum for Interlending and Information Delivery (FIL) and the North West Libraries Interlending Partnership (NWLIP). The purpose was to gain an understanding of the particular issues electronic materials present in fulfilling inter-library loan requests, and the solutions already in place to overcome these issues.

The survey suggests that keeping track of the rights granted by different publishers is a major obstacle to interlending, alleviated in some cases through the use of a Digital Rights Management or Electronic Resource Management system. The full results have been published on the FIL website.

A follow-up survey is planned for the end of 2011, to determine if the picture has changed in the intervening year.

FIL updates Best Practice Guidelines shimAdd News70 to Scrapbook

The Forum for Interlending and Information Delivery (FIL) has updated its Best Practice Guidelines with regard to items lost in transit. Previously, FIL advised that the requesting library was responsible for items on interlibrary loan, from the moment they leave the supplying library until their safe return. Now, in line with common practice and with the British Library's policy, the guidelines have been reworded as follows.

"The requester library is responsible for an item upon its receipt from a responder library until it has been received back by the responder library on its return."

For the purposes of this guideline, proof of delivery on an automated system or from the courier counts as receipt of an item.

The Best Practice Guidelines may be found in full on the FIL website.

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