Resource sharing – transforming library collections and the user experience
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In the last few years a new raft of technology solutions has come to market and we are beginning to see a potentially radical shift from ‘clunky’ inter library loan to more efficient and seamless resource sharing. These solutions have already encouraged groups of libraries to band together to form new resource sharing communities to better exploit their collections and improve the user experience. Rule-based automated workflows reduces the need for library staff intervention and hence costs. Users are empowered by giving them choice of delivery solutions. based on, for example, delivery time and loan period. As a consequence libraries are taking embracing new perspectives on collections and collection management.