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SCELC Resource Sharing Toolkit

Introduction to basics of SCELC ILL programs and supporting software

What is Resource Sharing?

 “Resource Sharing” means making the collections of one library available to the patrons of another library efficiently and effectively. Resource sharing encompasses the technical capabilities, staff expertise and policies necessary to achieve that objective. Resource sharing incorporates activities related to automated discovery tools (including bibliographic library databases), collection management, bibliographic description, delivery, interlibrary loan, reciprocal access and reciprocal borrowing. Here are examples of mission and vision statements for resource sharing from  the RAILS Resource sharing committee and IGI Global.

Resource Sharing materials are lent with the intention that they will be used for individual research purposes and not retention in a borrowing library's collections.

SCELC offers a number of programs which encourage and support sharing of Returnables and non-Returnables among member libraries.

  • Returnables include materials which a library chooses to lend to another with the expectation of receiving them back from the borrowing library
  • Non-Returnables include articles and chapters which are supplied (preferably electronically) to a requesting library. A borrowing library is responsible for compliance with current U.S. Copyright measures.

SCELC Sponsored Programs

Non-SCELC Sponsored Programs

Resource Sharing Services Used by SCELC Libraries

Resource Sharing Portals