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Revolutionary resource-sharing
Articles, Book Chapters, and Books
Less than 24-hour turnaround time
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

A Practitioner’s Perspective on RapidR

Dear Current and Future Rapid Users:

I write as someone who has been an ILL practitioner since 1987. Since that time I have personally witnessed and been a part of many changes in Resource Sharing. Having seen the evolution in technology over the past three decades, I can attest that Rapid has produced some of the most ingenious and forward thinking innovations ever experienced in Resource Sharing.

From sharing journal articles and book chapters, to the latest addition of borrowing and lending books with RapidR, Rapid is in the forefront, providing the systems and the vision that enables libraries to exchange library material more effectively.

Five Boston Library Consortium [BLC] libraries: UMass Amherst, University of Connecticut, Northeastern, University of New Hampshire, and Williams College, began a pilot project with Rapid to share books, RapidR. Beginning in late 2013, our libraries used ILLiad, and the mail delivery systems already in place to allow for the exchange of books.

Based on our work with Rapid, particularly during the testing of RapidR, we found:

• Rapid staff are attentive and do their best to understand the needs of our libraries and their users

• Rapid staff are real people: Tom, Mike and Jane, to name a few

• Rapid staff understand ILL, so what they do makes sense

• Rapid products are fairly priced, with reasonable cost increases

• Rapid turnaround is fast and the fill rate hovers at around 90%

• RapidR is AWESOME!

• RapidR, and all things Rapid go through ILLiad, another great resource sharing tool

• RapidR supports unmediated borrowing by sending book requests to Rapid pods without direct staff intervention

RapidR supports real time availability call number lookup, not only for Rapid requests, but for ALL incoming OCLC requests with Rapid Holdings Lookup, so far less staff time is used than with manual Z39.50 searches in ILLiad.

How cool is that?

I could go on and on about the virtues of RapidR and Rapid staff, but a leap of faith is really what is needed here.

I suggest you leave the comfortable and join RapidR for the future of what resource sharing should be:
• Unmediated
• Innovative
• Timely

Feel part of the process and be engaged with Rapid staff as they lead the way to more future innovations in resource sharing.

By the way, the BLC pilot is no longer a pilot, but the real deal, so that must mean that we are satisfied with the product, and we are. Help us move on, cross-podinate, and share with RapidR.

Alison Roe O'Grady
Interlibrary Loan Supervisor
Williams College Libraries

Interested in learning how RapidILL will save your staff time and library money?

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OrangeSquare   Rapid Monthly Statistics

System Averages January-2016

Borrowing Requests Percent of Requests Filled Average Filled Turn Around Time (Hours)

110,079 96% 12.87

OrangeSquare   Current Members
Academic M 111  participants
Academic Pod E (Extensive) 114  participants
Academic Pod I (Intensive) 136  participants
ARL Pod 74  participants
ASERL 33  participants
Boston Library Consortium 23  participants
California 26  participants
ConnectNY 24  participants
Cosmo Pod 196  participants
JULAC Pod 9  participants
Maryland 15  participants
Medical Pod 25  participants
Oberlin Pod 30  participants
PALCI Pod 39  participants
Prospector 13  participants
SCELC 28  participants
SECAC 14  participants
Taiwan 15  participants
VALE Pod 8  participants

Document Suppliers
(Anyone may participate with document supplier libraries)