All roads lead to Rome: channelling inter-campus, interlibrary and off-campus requests through a single user interface

Firman, E. and Moore, K. (2005) All roads lead to Rome: channelling inter-campus, interlibrary and off-campus requests through a single user interface. In: ALIA National Library and Information Technicians Conference (neXt 2005), 6-9 Sep 2005, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

The message from remote library clients is clear and unequivocal - they want material quickly and easily. They would prefer not to have to differentiate between the three library services of intercampus, interlibrary, or off-campus requests - they just want a particular document or book forwarded to them as soon as possible. At the University of Southern Queensland Library, VDX software has been utilised to provide a single search and request interface for library material. Differentiating between individual clients,it displays and activates only those services for which a particular client is eligible. Remote undergraduates for example, have the ability to search and request from USQ catalogue only, while those students eligible for interlibrary loans can search and initiate requests across a range of catalogues. Whilst simplifying processes for clients, the challenge to Library staff has been to successfully manipulate the software and work processes to handle this complex arrangement. This paper will discuss the introduction of this new initiative focusing on the following issues: - Background - Client view - Dual services and associated challenges - Impact on staff - Improvements planned in the next six months - Marketing - Conclusion


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Division of Academic Services - Library
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:19
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2013 23:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: VDX; virtual document exchange; document supply; distance services
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150301 Business Information Management (incl. Records, Knowledge and Information Management, and Intelligence)
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080704 Information Retrieval and Web Search
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/342

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