Resource Sharing

Interlibrary Loan

Resources can take many forms: books, magazine articles, videos, etc. All member libraries of the cooperative agree to borrow and lend materials from/to each other at no charge. The cooperative has established protocols that member libraries must adhere to, which are documented in the Interlibrary Loan Code for NEFLIN Libraries. NEFLIN also maintains a list of NEFLIN libraries with holdings on OCLC.

If a library participates in FLIN, it must follow the policies and procedures in the FLIN Manual and information about their policies must appear in the ILL Policies Directory on OCLC.

NEFLIN also assists member libraries with the process of loading their library’s bibliographic records into the OCLC database. NEFLIN member libraries have contributed over 6 million records to OCLC.

Retrospective Conversion

In order for a library to effectively share resources they must first convert their catalog records to MARC format. The NEFLIN Board of Directors will accept proposals to subsidize this process.

Union List of Serials

The Union List of Serials is a listing of the periodicals owned by NEFLIN member libraries. This list is used by library staff when requesting periodical articles through interlibrary loan and as a tool for reference service. The Union List of Serials is available to libraries through WorldCat on FirstSearch. Libraries can also obtain a text file of their library’s local holdings records from OCLC.

Courier Delivery – DLLI

The Florida Library Network Statewide Courier Delivery Program provides pickup and delivery of Interlibrary Loan materials among over 200 participating libraries throughout Florida. Courier delivery is designed to facilitate and improve interlibrary loan service between libraries in Florida and benefit all library users. The courier service is managed by TBLC who provides a current address list, label information, procedures manual and statistics reporting form.

FirstSearch

FirstSearch is a web-based reference service providing electronic databases, which covers a wide variety of subjects. NEFLIN members have access to a core group of FirstSearch databases for use in providing research assistance and interlibrary loan services through the Florida Electronic Library.