LibraryLink loans in 2010-11: 40,905 Other loans – mostly Swift 522,117 IMPACT OF SWIFT
COST OF LIBRARYLINK State Government pays $255,000 for Library Link. Funding has been guaranteed for the next 12 months Cost per loan - $6.23 not counting staff time or courier.
VARIATION BETWEEN LIBRARIES Inter library loans as a proportion of loans varies from 0 to 8.5% Big borrowers are country libraries – but not all the country libraries Swift members generally have more inter library loans Use of LibraryLink depends on factors such as how much service is promoted and whether charges are made to borrowers. If libraries had to pay for LLV in proportion to usage, cost would vary from nothing to $41,000
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT INTERLIBRARY LOANS From the Milbur Report: Workload on staff in this area has increased but not as much as increased loans would suggest due to automation of processes Well-resourced metropolitan libraries have not had their collections plundered by poorer country cousins as was initially feared City library members like to borrow older materials from country libraries Relatively high proportion of Interlibrary loans are A/v materials although not all libraries lend these.
THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT INTERLIBRARY LOANS How useful are the items borrowed? Could the borrower have found something just as useful in their own library if they had known how to search for it? How many ILLs are not collected?
FUTURE ISSUES State Government funding for LLV Changes to courier system Impact of e-books – if licence conditions allow this, they can be borrowed without staff involvement Possible expansion of Swift – South Australia now has a state-wide library management system and single library card.