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An Analysis of Direct Reciprocal Borrowing Among Québec University Libraries

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An Analysis of Direct Reciprocal Borrowing Among Québec University Libraries

Duy, Joanna C. and Larivière, Vincent (2013) An Analysis of Direct Reciprocal Borrowing Among Québec University Libraries. Journal of Access Services, 10 (2). pp. 102-119. ISSN 1536-7975

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Abstract

An analysis of Québec academic libraries’ direct reciprocal borrowing statistics from 2005 to 2010 reveals that the physical distance separating universities plays an important role in determining the amount of direct reciprocal borrowing activity conducted between institutions. Significant statistical correlations were also seen between the amount of direct reciprocal borrowing/lending as well as institution size and library collection size. Given their proximity, Montréal-area libraries have a higher ratio of direct reciprocal borrowing activity compared to interlibrary loan consortial borrowing activity, whereas libraries located outside of Montréal have higher interlibrary loan activity compared to direct reciprocal borrowing. It was found that institutions’ net lender and borrower status can shift depending on whether one is looking at direct reciprocal borrowing versus interlibrary loan activity. An exploratory social network analysis of direct reciprocal borrowing amongst Québec academic libraries was performed, and it affirmed the important role of physical distance in determining direct reciprocal borrowing activity. Language may also play a role in affecting the amount of direct reciprocal borrowing.

Divisions:Concordia University > Library
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Duy, Joanna C. and Larivière, Vincent
Journal or Publication:Journal of Access Services
Date:21 March 2013
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1080/15367967.2013.762282
Keywords:direct reciprocal borrowing; resource sharing; library cooperation; library consortia; academic libraries; statistics; distance; correlation; collection size; interlibrary loan; institution size
ID Code:976965
Deposited By: JOANNA DUY
Deposited On:19 Mar 2013 13:25
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:43
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