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No fate but what we make? Current trends and challenges in the UK document supply community

By Gareth J. Johnson

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Purpose – This paper seeks to provide a practitioner-based review of the broad issues, challenges and opportunities that currently exist within the UK\ud document supply sector.\ud Design/methodology/approach – This paper is based on a survey and personal discussions with individuals across the sector, backed up by a\ud literature review and background research.\ud Findings – Currently, there are a number of areas of particular concern facing UK interlenders. Most interlenders in the UK are experiencing a reduction\ud in patron requests, and an upswing in direct requests from other libraries. Other challenges include the reduction in funding and subsequent impacts on\ud services, the lending of electronic documents restricted by rights management software and licences, as well as the opportunities and potential threats\ud offered by open access resources. Finally there seems to be a need to demonstrate effectively to senior management the value of interlending services\ud to patrons.\ud Originality/value – The paper provides an overview of developments in interlending within the UK sector by a current practitioner and service\ud manager.Peer-reviewedPost-prin

Topics: Document delivery, Interlending, United Kingdom
Publisher: Emerald
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1108/02641611111164609
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/9652
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