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Physical Delivery Working Group

NEW! Recommended Practice is Published

Now available: NISO RP-12-2012, Physical Delivery of Library Resources


Patron borrowing and lending is skyrocketing; in one state, borrowing of returnable items increased by 107.4% in six years. A recent study found that 77% of academic libraries participate in state or provincial resource sharing networks above and beyond the 10,000,000 interlibrary loan (ILL) transactions that OCLC annually processes. The rapid growth in resource sharing is causing similar growth in both the use and costs of delivery systems. The increased volume and costs of library delivery is creating a demand for more information about how to run efficient and effective delivery operations.

This project will build on the efforts of three recent projects: Moving Mountains, Rethinking Resource Sharing's Physical Delivery Committee, and the American Library Association's ASCLA ICANS' Physical Delivery Discussion Group.


PhysDelInfo: Interest Group List
PhysDelinfo is an open list available for anyone interested in NISO's Physical Delivery of Library Materials Working Group. PhysDelinfo communicates regularly and solicits feedback about the work of the group, is as a forum for questions, and more. To subscribe send an e-mail to PhysDelInfo-subscribe@list.niso.org. Archives are available on the PhysDelInfo Interest Group webpage.

Press Release: NISO to Develop Recommended Practice for Physical Delivery of Library Materials (November 11, 2009)
NISO is pleased to announce that the Working Group roster for this project is now finalized, and work will be commencing with a kick-off call of the group on November 18, 2009.

Physical Delivery: NISO New Work Item Proposal
This new work item proposal accompanied the NISO Voting Member ballot opened August 3, 2009, and approved September 2009. The full ballot results are available here. Negative votes and their comments will be reviewed by the Working Group and responded to; the comments and responses will be made available on the NISO website.

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