Yippee. Say it as loudly or quietly as you want, but before you reach the end of the post, I'm sure you'll say "Yippee!" Here's why I'm so confident:
Using the Interlibrary Loan request form, students can now join faculty and staff in asking for (and receiving) scanned copies of articles and chapters from journals and books on the shelf in K-State Libraries. Wait. What?
OK, you know how if K-State Libraries doesn't own a book or subscribe to a journal with an article you need we'll borrow it for you from another library? And you know that if we do own that book or journal, you come to the library, find it on the shelf, and either check it out or photocopy/scan what you need? Now, even if we do own the book or journal, you can request a copy of a chapter or article through Interlibrary Loan. Since we don't have to borrow it from another library, we're calling this courtesy service document delivery.
Here's an overview of document delivery:
We will scan:
- Articles and chapters from journals and books in K-State Libraries up to 50 pages in length
- Articles and short documents from microfiche/microfilm up to 30 pages in length
- Place your request using ILLiad (that's the online program we use for interlibrary loan)
- Interlibrary Services staff will scan and post the PDF files on ILLiad
- You'll receive an email telling you when you can retrieve the article from ILLiad
- Depending on staffing, expect 1-4 days (excluding weekends) to receive your article or chapter
- For a quicker turnaround, the best days to place a request are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Caveat (or, we're delighted to offer this courtesy service, but . . .):
- Sometimes, due to holidays or if we're short-staffed, we may have to suspend document delivery (not interlibrary loan, we will still borrow materials we don't own from other libraries for you)
- We will let you know if/when we have to suspend document delivery
- I have no more bullet points
- If you haven't already, please say, "Yippee!"
- You can stop reading now and start researching