Evaluation of the interlibrary loan services in Iran: a case study of the AMIN service

Jamali, Hamid R. and Nooshinfard, Fatemeh and Baghestani, Golizeh and Asadi, Saeid Evaluation of the interlibrary loan services in Iran: a case study of the AMIN service., 2010 [Preprint]

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Purpose – this article aims to evaluate the use and the costs of AMIN the interlibrary loan service in Iran. Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire was used for the data collection which was completed by those librarians in charge of AMIN in the academic libraries. Findings – The statistics collected from six libraries showed that 514 items were loaned, of which 49% were journal articles and 43% were books. Post was used for the delivery of about 55% of the items, while email was only used for the delivery of only 7% of the items. The average time spent for dealing with each request (the time lapse between reception of the request and dispatching the item) was about 7.1 days. The library of the University of Tehran was the most effective library in this regard as it only took 3.4 days on average for each request. The study revealed that the participating libraries did not have a proper procedure in place for collecting usage statistics and therefore one cannot evaluate the effectiveness of the AMIN service. Originality/value – The paper reveals the cost of document supply in Iranian academic libraries and illustrates that the ILL services in Iran are not efficient and measures could be taken to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of the services.

Item type: Preprint
Keywords: Interlibrary loan, AMIN, Iran, cost-benefit analysis, academic libraries, resource sharing,
Subjects: J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JK. Interlibrary loans.
Depositing user: Dr Hamid R. Jamali
Date deposited: 12 Jul 2013 07:09
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:26
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/19692


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