Articles, Book Chapters, and Books
94% or better fill rate
Innovative delivery options
Outstanding service to your users
Proven, measurable savings for your staff and library
Tiered resource sharing method that groups similar libraries to maximize borrowing/lending parity
In the 2016-2017 academic year, the ILL department experienced a nearly 60% increase in the number of article requests made by our patrons. Since then, they have not retreated, and our article volume remains just as high.
Many of these were for articles in health-related fields, so our Docline EFTS charges skyrocketed. We were also spending more than projected in OCLC IFM fees for materials we weren't acquiring through Docline.
When we projected our ILL fee costs would double in the next fiscal year, I worked quickly to convince our library's leadership to implement RapidILL...and it was a lifesaver. The 2017-2018 academic year was our first full year on Rapid, and in one year, we save $20,000 in ILL fees alone.
The RapidILL staff were very communicative and easy to work with, and the implementation went smoothly. Our patrons are pleased with the speed of delivery, the ILL Borrowing staff are pleased with the level of automation it brings to their work (so they can work on more complex tasks). And our ILL Lending staff were not overtaxed with an influx of requests from our new RapidILL library partners, due to RapidILL's ability to load-balance.
We are now implementing RapidR to save us even more on loan requests!
Head of Resource Sharing & Graduate Student Services
University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMK)
RapidILL is a unique resource sharing system that was designed by the Interlibrary Loan staff at Colorado State University Libraries.
Following a devastating flood in July of 1997, RapidILL was developed to provide very fast, cost effective article requesting and delivery through Interlibrary Loan. RapidILL was designed by Interlibrary Loan staff for Interlibrary Loan staff.
RapidILLa has 4 features that set it apart from other resource sharing systems.
RapidILL is composed of groups of libraries referred to as 'pods'. Pods are created to support peer or consortium resource sharing.
The ARL pod is exclusive to ARL libraries.
Rapid's Academic E pod is home to sites listed in the Carnegie Foundation's "Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education" as 'Very High' (RU/VH) or 'High' (RU/H) research activity universities.
Rapid's Academic I pod is home to libraries listed in Carnegie Foundation's "Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education" as DRU: Doctoral/Research Universities.
The Academic M pod is designed for libraries listed in Carnegie Foundation's "Classification of Institutions of Higher Education" document as 'Large' (L) Master's degree granting institutions.
The Cosmo pod is open to all Ra;id libraries that are eligible for one or more of the Academic Pods, and is one of the most popular pods.
The ASERL, Boston Library Consotium, ConnectNY, JULAC, Oberlin, PALCI, Prospector, SECAC and Taiwan pods are provate pods open only to libraries participating in those groups.
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