New software for interlibrary loans, collections updates

July 30, 2010


The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department is implementing a new software system for managing ILL requests. The new system, ILLiad, will enable ILL staff to manage requests more efficiently. Users will still be able to initiate and track ILL requests through a web interface and receive electronic documents at their desktops. Everyone who completes an ILL request form will need to set up an ILLiad account before placing a first request. Instructions for using the new system will be posted to the library website and sent via e-mail. The ILL department plans to have the new user interface ready to use at the beginning of fall term.

The ILLiad software will increase the library’s capacity to manage an ever-increasing number of ILL requests. ILL requests from UM-Dearborn faculty, students and staff have increased 64 percent in the last five years and MeLCat requests have nearly tripled. While the library is able to obtain a majority of requested books through the MeLCat service, article requests are obtained using the traditional ILL service.

E-book collections

EngNet Base

EngNet Base provides full-text access to more than 1,300 current reference handbooks in telecommunications and civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.

Safari Tech Books

Includes books related to computer science and business topics such as software development, project management, business intelligence, hardware, graphics, desktop publishing, e-commerce, etc.

Database updates

World Bank E-Library

The World Bank E-Library provides full-text access to more than 3,200 policy research working papers and over 2,000 other World Bank publications. The database covers issues related to social and economic development around the world such as public sector development, rural development, the environment, health, poverty reduction, etc.

Global Development Finance

Global Development Finance provides statistics on the debt of developing countries to other nations. Data on the total external debt for 128 individual countries are included.

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