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Title: No fate but what we make? Current trends and challenges in the UK document supply community
Authors: Johnson, Gareth J.
First Published: 2011
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: Interlending & Document Supply, 2011, 39 (3), pp. 127-133.
Abstract: Purpose – This paper seeks to provide a practitioner-based review of the broad issues, challenges and opportunities that currently exist within the UK document supply sector. Design/methodology/approach – This paper is based on a survey and personal discussions with individuals across the sector, backed up by a literature review and background research. Findings – Currently, there are a number of areas of particular concern facing UK interlenders. Most interlenders in the UK are experiencing a reduction in patron requests, and an upswing in direct requests from other libraries. Other challenges include the reduction in funding and subsequent impacts on services, the lending of electronic documents restricted by rights management software and licences, as well as the opportunities and potential threats offered by open access resources. Finally there seems to be a need to demonstrate effectively to senior management the value of interlending services to patrons. Originality/value – The paper provides an overview of developments in interlending within the UK sector by a current practitioner and service manager.
DOI Link: 10.1108/02641611111164609
ISSN: 0264-1615
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2011. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on Sherpa/RoMEO.
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