Assessing Undergraduate Interlibrary Loan Use
With the growth of full-text resources and OpenURL linking, Minnesota State University, Mankato has seen a significant increase in the use of interlibrary loan by undergraduates. Other institutions also face increasing interlibrary loan demand. This study's purpose is to assess undergraduate interlibrary loan use, satisfaction, reveal reasons for non-use and assess the impact of OpenURL. A survey of undergraduate users and non-users of interlibrary loan reveals four major factors:
Most users learned about interlibrary loan from their professors
Three out of four initiated interlibrary loan requests via an OpenURL citation
Ninety-five percent were satisfied with the interlibrary loan service
Non-users do not use interlibrary loan because they are unfamiliar with the service.
Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve
Polly P. Frank & Robert L. Bothmann (2008) Assessing Undergraduate Interlibrary Loan Use, Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve, 18:1, 33-48, DOI: 10.1300/J474v18n01_05
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