Author Archives: Rachel Manning

About Rachel Manning

Interlibrary Loan Coordinator

Interlibary Loan winter break service update

Due to the holidays and shipping madness, the increased risk of losses, and the lack of open libraries willing to send things, the Interlibrary Loan Department limits ordering and shipping during the second half of December.

If you need anything before winter break request it now!  Interlibrary loan requests submitted to ILLiad after Dec. 15th will be ordered in early January.

ILLiad article requests will continue to be filled by RapidILL through Dec. 20st, but requests must have a valid ISSN and year to be processed by Rapid.

For loan materials use NExpress: (http://go/NExpress).  NExpress will stay open during break.  Requests placed in NExpress go straight to the Lending Library for processing.  Loans ordered from NExpress over break should arrive in early January.

Interlibrary Loan Reaches 400,000th request in ILLiad!

A Middlebury students in the early evening of Sept. 23rd submitted the 400,000th request in ILLiad (TN:400000).  We ordered the request using RapidILL, and the request was filled and available to the patron by early this morning, 9/24!  Congratulation to everyone involved.

Winter is Coming…. (ILL services in December)

And with winter comes the massive shipping rush of late December.  Due to the increased risk of losses (and the lack of open libraries willing to send things) the Interlibrary Loan Department limits ordering and shipping during this time.

If you need anything before winter break request it now!  Interlibrary loan requests submitted to ILLiad after Dec. 15th will be ordered in early January.

ILLiad article requests will continue to be filled by RapidILL through Dec. 21st, but must have a valid ISSN and year to be processed a as Rapid request.

For loan materials use NExpress: (http://go/NExpress).  NExpress will stay open during break.  Requests placed in NExpress go straight to the Lending Library for processing.  Loans ordered from NExpress over break should arrive in early January.

ILL Schedule for the Holiday Break

Due to the holidays and shipping madness of late December, ILL limits shipping during this time.  Interlibrary loan requests submitted to ILLiad after Dec. 16th will be ordered in early January. 

ILLiad article requests will continue to be filled by RapidILL* through Dec. 21st, but must have a valid ISSN and year to be processed a as Rapid request.

For loan materials use NExpress: http://go/NExpress.  NExpress will stay open throughout the break and requests placed in NExpress go straight to the Lending Library for processing.  Loans ordered from NExpress over break will likely arrive in early January.

Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

From Carrie:  This morning, I attended a Lyrasis webinar called “Cataloging for Non-Catalogers.”  Since I supervise a few librarians who do cataloging, I figured I could use a refresher.  Many years have passed since I took the required cataloging class in library school!

The instructor was enthusiastic (“We can catalog a-ny-thing!  Even the Dr Pepper I’m drinking right now!”).  The content was elementary (purpose of cataloging, cataloging terminology, examples of catalog records).  I’m glad to have a renewed familiarity with the work that our fine catalogers do.

From Rachel:  Also sitting in on the Cataloging for Non-Catalogers class, and learning to speak Cataloger.  I found the resources and links the presenter provided very helpful.  It’s great to have so much of this information easily accessible on-line.

From Carrie:  I’ve added these two sites to my delicious bookmark collection:

And of course, there’s lots of documentation for catalogers on the Cataloging page of the LIS Wiki.

New service: Renew your ILLs in ILLiad!

It is now possible to renew an ILL item from the ILLiad web pages:

From within ILLiad, select “Checked Out Items” from the menu on the left. Open the item you would like to renew by clicking on the request number. Click “Renew Request” at the top of the detailed information page to place the renewal request.

There is a limited window of opportunity for placing a renewal.  Renewals can only be placed 10 day before the due date through one day beyond the original due date.

Items already identified as non-renewable will have no button. However, each renewal request is sent to the lender for review, and it is up to the lender to grant or decline our renewal request, so seeing the button in ILLiad is NOT a guarantee of a renewal.

ILL staff will update Millennium and ILLiad with the dates provided by the Lending Libraries, and e-mail patrons when a renewal has been denied.  You can check the status of your renewal in ILLiad or in My MIDCAT

VCAL‘s Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing

Faculty, do you prefer to browse for your research in the stacks, and live or travel near another Vermont Academic Library, then VCAL‘s Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing Program may be for you! With a VCAL Borrowing card you may check out materials from any of the participating college libraries in Vermont. See the Interlibrary loan website for more information and links to the printable authorization form.

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