news release Jennifer Porro 09 Apr 1992 19:47 UTC
----------------------------Original message---------------------------- RLG AND ARL TO STUDY INTERLIBRARY LOAN COSTS ILL traffic and costs are up; research libraries to take hard look at ILL economics in time of change April 9, 1992 -- The Research Libraries Group (RLG) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have jointly launched a project to examine the costs to research libraries of interlibrary loan services. Funded in part by a $10,000 grant from the Council on Library Resources (CLR), the study will gather and analyze data from 65 North American research libraries on typical costs of ILL transactions. With this information, libraries will be better able to assess the economics of their own borrowing and lending practices, to evaluate alternative methods of providing these services, and to study the impact of local serials cancellations. ENORMOUS INCREASE IN ILL ACTIVITIES The ARL-RLG study will document the cost to libraries of the enormous increase in ILL activities that has occurred over the past few years. ARL libraries report a 47% increase in interlibrary borrowing and a 45% rise in interlibrary lending over the past five years. Recently published ARL statistics document that over 5.2 million items were loaned and borrowed by ARL libraries in 1990-91 alone. RLG reports that RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network) interlibrary loan traffic has grown approximately 5% per year for the past several years. ARL statistics offer evidence that research libraries are moving to a demand or access model for providing information to users. According to ARL statistics from the years 1985-86 to 1990-91, the number of traditional users has increased while the information resources available on campuses have decreased. One consequence of this trend has been increased ILL activity. STUDY RESULTS AVAILABLE SUMMER 1992 The results of the joint study will be published this summer and will be available from ARL and RLG. (Data collected in the survey will be reported in the aggregate only and will not be made available for comparison on a library-by-library basis.) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION At RLG, please contact Marilyn Roche, phone 415/691-2284, FAX 415/964-0943, email BL.MXR@RLG.BITNET or BL.MXR@RLG.STANFORD.EDU. At ARL, please contact Jaia Barrett, phone 202/232-2466, FAX 202/462-7849, email JBARRETT@UMDC.BITNET.