Interlibrary loan program seeks patrons

Senior Tessa D’Alessandro sports a Halloween costume to promote Linfield’s interlibrary loan program at Nicholson Library on Oct. 31. The program is a free system to share material, such as CDs, books and other materials.

Senior Tessa D’Alessandro sports a Halloween costume to promote Linfield’s interlibrary loan program at Nicholson Library on Oct. 31. The program is a free system to share material, such as CDs, books and other materials.

The Interlibrary Loan Office invited everyone to join its Halloween celebration and learn about the interlibrary loan program Oct. 31.

The open house began at noon and went until 2 p.m. It took place in the Interlibrary Loan Office, which is located behind the circulation desk at Nicholson Library.

The office was decorated in the spirit of Halloween with streamers, skeletons and spiders strewn about, and the tables offered a delicious selection of cookies and candies. Guests were free to play games and had the chance to win a Starbucks gift card.

One objective of the interlibrary loan open house was to spread awareness of the program.

“We find that a lot of people don’t know a lot about interlibrary loan,” said Justyne Triest, the evening supervisor and one of the hosts of the open house. “So we’re doing outreach to let people know about the services that are available for free. Also, bribing college students with treats.”

The Interlibrary Loan Office is one of the many small offices within Nicholson Library that rarely has the chance to share what it does for the rest of the college, much like Tech Services and Electronic Media Services (EMS). The Interlibrary Loan Office is staffed by two full time workers and three student workers and is open and operating six days a week.

The office is responsible for borrowing and trading library materials, such as books, CDs, DVDs, slides and videotapes.

“Anything other than textbooks, basically,” said Rich Schmidt, the director of resource sharing.

Since the Nicholson Library opened in 2003, the Interlibrary Loan Office has borrowed and lent about 70,000 items. Last year alone, the program shared and traded 6,820 items.

“It’s been good,” said Schmidt when asked about how the program is going, so far, this year. “We put a new software program over the summer. We do a lot of borrowing and a lot of lending.”

The interlibrary loan program mostly borrows and lends academic articles for students, but students can also request items for leisure, like the latest novel that may not be available at Nicholson Library yet, all at zero cost to the student.

For more questions or more information about the interlibrary loan program, feel free to contact the office at ill@linfield.edu.

Paige Jergensen

Staff writer

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