Library Information and Resource Sharing
Transforming Services and Collections
by Beth Posner, Editor
November 2016, 174pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4968-8
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This unique book identifies how ILL specialists are at the intersection of all aspects of library work and what they can do to better connect library users to information.

Through the perspectives of interlibrary loan (ILL) specialists, this book examines what ILL departments are doing, the value of ILL librarians in the evolving library environment, and how library collections and services are being affected by new ILL policies.

In today’s libraries, ILL specialists are facilitating service that goes far beyond traditional borrowing and lending. Recent innovations in interlibrary loan and library resource-sharing practices have advanced the information-sharing mission of libraries—a sea change that affects and benefits all library operations and staff. This book explores the far-reaching significance of these innovations in ILL for other areas of library activity, from acquisitions and collection development to reference and instruction to circulation and e-resource management and beyond.

Readers will understand that as valuable as traditional ILL remains, ILL librarians are also well-placed to do much more. For example, ILL staff can inform acquisitions and collection development decisions with request data; demonstrate the need to maintain and preserve the long tail of print; advocate for the fair use of copyrighted print material and license terms that safeguard library information sharing in the digital environment; nurture consortial relationships and international cooperation between libraries; and promote the discovery of information, all of which can help librarians meet the information needs of their communities.


  • Taps a knowledge base of more than a dozen ILL practitioners who offer diverse viewpoints on all that ILL specialists can do to help connect people and information
  • Enables library administrators, whose support ILL needs to succeed, to grasp how ILL is essential to fulfilling the information-sharing mission of all librarians
  • Emphasizes how the ever-increasing interconnections between ILL and other areas of library activity behoove non-ILL librarians to be more aware of emerging ILL developments
Beth Posner is associate professor and head of library resource sharing at The Graduate Center, CUNY. In addition to writing and presenting in the area of interlibrary loan services, she writes about the evolving image of librarians. Posner is also an active member of many library resource sharing organizations, including ALA RUSA STARS, The IDS Project, and the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative.


"A solid foundation for those learning about and seeking to improve resource sharing, this work will most benefit ILL [interlibrary loan] specialists and emerging librarians."—Library Journal, May 9, 2017

"This book would be an excellent textbook for pre-service librarians and could also provide a new perspective to seasoned librarians. Recommended for libraries with a large ILL department looking for different ways to enhance their department."—School Library Connection, August 1, 2017

"...of interest to supervisors of larger departments that include ILL [interlibrary loan] units such as Access Services or Reference."—Technical Services Quarterly, February 1, 2018
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