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Managing document supply: a SAGA come true in Sweden

Ylva Gavel (Karolinska Institutet University Library, Stockholm, Sweden)
Lars O.A. Hedlund (Karolinska Institutet University Library, Stockholm, Sweden)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 22 February 2008



The purpose of this paper is to describe how SAGA, a system for managing the library operations associated with document supply, was successfully developed using a very informal project model.


The project model and system architecture are described.


Initially, SAGA was tailored for the needs of the medical library at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Subsequently, it has been implemented at other Swedish academic libraries. The system has features for automating the workflows associated with document supply for both loans and copies externally and internally. It integrates document requests from a diversity of ordering systems under a single interface. The methodology adopted when implementing the system suggests that an incremental approach sometimes has benefits over a more formal pre‐planned approach.

Practical implications

The project model described may be applied to development projects at other libraries. The system architecture may be applied to other systems for managing document supply.


The SAGA approach relies on managing requests placed in different systems via a single interface rather than trying to direct customers to a single ordering system.



Gavel, Y. and Hedlund, L.O.A. (2008), "Managing document supply: a SAGA come true in Sweden", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 30-36.



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