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Jean Wilkins, retired director of the Illinois State Library, received the ILCSO Special Citation Award in recognition of her 2 decades of service and support for the ILCSO consortium and all Illinois libraries.
Diane Dates Casey, dean of library services and academic computing at Governors State University, and Bernie Sloan, senior library information systems consultant with the University of Illinois Office for Planning and Budgeting, became the first two recipients of the ILCSO Distinguished Publication Award.
While all ILCSO members have the option of letting their patrons use Illinet Online as a source of unmediated borrowing, only five libraries have elected to invoke this option.
This service allows patrons to borrow materials from other ILCSO libraries on a "self-serve" basis.
If a patron submits a paper ILL request or a Web-based ILL form for an item located in another ILCSO library, an Access Services staff member charges the item to the patron's identification number, notifies the patron of the charge, and sends a brochure explaining the self-charge option.
This program tracks all borrowing requests and serves as a record of items received from other ILCSO libraries.
In 1993, Morris Library borrowed 3,048 returnables from other ILCSO libraries.
A total of 7,325 returnables were received during the test period including 5,464 items received from ILCSO libraries as a result of the self-serve option (see Figure 3).
By strengthening our existing alliances, as with ILLINET Online, ILCSO, and BTP, and by redesigning our interlibrary loan operations, we can provide better access to the resources that our patrons need.
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The Voyager system replaces the DRA Classic system in use at most of the ILCSO sites, the epixtech NOTIS system at University of Illinois- Chicago, and the Georgetown LIS system at Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine in Springfield.
The technical means of cooperation varies from OhioLINK's common software and hardware to ILCSO's common LCS software to CIC's Z39.50-based interaction.