Global issues for resource
13 May 2009 sharing
And a cast of thousands!
Are we in the import/export
Importing and exporting
goods is a great way to
expand your business and
take part in the global
economy. In fact, companies
that do business
internationally grow faster
and fail less often than
companies that don't.
New kid on the block!
Bavarian State Library – GEBAY
8.96 million holdings set in WorldCat
Started on WCRS network on March 30
In their first two days, they received 185 requests
In April, they received 2156 requests
Requests have come from 22 different countries all around
Factors to take in to consideration
Export - Income generation?
Patrons expectations are higher
Traditional ILL methods and policies have therefore been
At the same time, technology has made communication
WorldCat holdings explosion
Some facts and figures
Projections for FY09
94,305 requests to the USA from 29 countries
85,231 requests from the USA to from 42
WCRS - Worldwide usage
Copies – requests to the US - imports
Loans – requests to the US - imports
Copy requests from the US to overseas -
Loan requests from US to overseas - exports
Requests going out of the US - exports
Country Number of Copies Loans
1 Japan 118 1423 505
2 Canada 88 16700 20436
3 UK 52 1180 2995
4 Denmark 14 1148 3233
5 Australia 10 4327 3101
6 New Zealand 10 483 568
7 Germany 10 261 345
8 South Korea 9 976 279
9 Turkey 7 2531 145
10 Hong Kong 5 1260 1065
How do we do it?
Process, Technology, Shipping and
Barriers – do we put up our own?
From a Canadian library -
It costs less to borrow from Europe than the
U.S. (even with the extra shipping
charges). In half the cases, the European
libraries lend it free or send us a pdf
version for free. We do not charge
European libraries for our loans.
Treatment of patrons and lack of trust
The same everywhere?
Consortia National International
Closed Closed Closed
& Open & Open & Email
Formal vs. informal networks
RLG SHARES Contact made when
there is a need
Copy requests are usually supplied electronically
“The running joke we have for those who are terrified of
sending their ILL materials overseas is that they suffer
from "hydrophobia”. The definition of which is: a morbid
dread of mailing books over large bodies of water.”
Credit to Bob Krall – originator of the term “Hydrophobia”
should be referenced on wikipedia
“Reciprocity will flow from generosity”
Method of last resort – Invoices!