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Dissertation Information for Sylvia G. Faibisoff

NAME:
- Sylvia G. Faibisoff

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Case Western Reserve University (USA) (1975)

ADVISORS:
- Dorothy Melville Sinclair

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Conrad H. Rawski
- Phyllis A. Richmond
- Donald P. Ely

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: DESCRIPTIVE CASE STUDIES OF SELECTED NEW YORK STATE REGIONAL INTERLIBRARYLENDING NETWORKS AS AN APPROACH TO MEASURING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NEW YORK STATE REFERENCE AND RESEARCH RESOURCES PROGRAM (3R) IN MEETING THE INFORMATION NEEDS OF THE SERIOUS RESEARCH USER

Abstract: Concerned with the problems facing libraries resulting from a seemingly unprecedented increase in publication and with the subsequent inability of anyone library or information center to obtain or contain what was being published, as well as with the seeming difficulty experienced by the academic, professional and research community in adequately accessing library resources, in 1960, James E. Allen, Commissioner of Education of the State of New York, authorized a commission of library and research experts to study this problem. As one solution to this problem, the Commission recommended, the establishment of five, but not more than eleven, regional reference and research library councils which would link academic, public and special libraries into a voluntary consortium, and a state-wide program, NYSILL, which would link ten major libraries into a network of interlibrary loan suppliers. The object of these programs was to facilitate apd expedite access to all types of library resources. In the late sixties, nine regional councils and the NYSILL network were established. Although a number of studies were undertlaken to determine the efficacy of the NYSILL network, few studied
the effectiveness of the regional systems. This study was undertaken to partially fill that gap; interlibrary lending programs initiated by the regions were selected as an approach to measuring the effectiveness of the 3R regional program.

The study was to determine whether a region, whose parameters
were primarily geographic, could effectively fulfill the objectives set forth by the Commissioner's Committee. It was limited to an analysis of the interlibrary loan networks developed in three of the nine regional councils: Central New York, the North Country and, Rochester. The referral and processing patterns of 4,918 interlibrary requests referred to libraries in and outside of the networks were collected from April 2 through 11, 1973, and monitored until filled or until the end of the month. The results were compared with retrospective interlibrary loan data, where available, in order to determine the effect of the 3R on interlibrary loan patterns and use. In addition, questionnaires were distributed to the interlibrary loan user in order to establish who he was his profession needs, awareness and satisfaction with the 3R network, and alternatives used in
lieu of interlibrary lending. Questionnaires were also distributed
to the interlibrary loan librarian to determine their attitudes to
the 3R network and the techniques used to locate interlibrary loan requests.

It was found that the regions studied had developed viable interlibrary loan networks, each different and each with a configuration best suited to the geographic demographic and resource features of the region. The matrices were an effective means of . charting referral and processing patterns; the digraphs designed by Korfhage and others, an effective means of displaying network configuration. In general it was found that the regional and state wide networks were supplying an average of 85 percent of the user's information needs; that the 3R program was reaching out to the audience for which it was designed; that librarians were supportive, The investigation resulted in findings related to the use of academic libraries, correlation of interlibrary loan referral and processing patterns with size of collections, showed relaxation of restrictions on interlibrary loan sources and the gradual erosion of distinctions between public and private libraries.

The study proposed further topics for investigation and pointed out a real need for uniform terminology and standardized record keeping.

The study indicated that access to library resurces beyond, the user's primary source of supply had been effectively facilitated by the establishment of the 3R regional interlibrary loan networks and the reference and research and resources program in New York
State.


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