International sharing and delivery of library resources

Janifer Gatenby (OCLC PICA, Leiden, The Netherlands)
Matt Goldner (OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc., Dublin, Ohio, USA)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Publication date: 1 December 2005



The purpose of this article is to report on the latest developments at OCLC and OCLC PICA to facilitate resource sharing and end user delivery.


The article provides a descriptive insight into the work of OCLC and OCLC PICA.


Three key strategies underlie the joint OCLC and OCLC PICA approach to resource sharing: fulfillment by any means; support for both mediated and unmediated request and delivery; and provision of a comprehensive, modular framework with entry at any level.

Practical implications

The widening of the international discovery network for materials, better knowledge, use of loan and alternative supply policies, and simplified cooperative payment systems. Libraries are encouraged to broaden their supply options, including digitize or index on demand or reference lookup.


Provides an insight into the current work of OCLC and OCLC PICA in three areas of concern to librarians involved in resource sharing, particularly at an international level.



Gatenby, J. and Goldner, M. (2005), "International sharing and delivery of library resources", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 33 No. 4, pp. 184-188.

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