The purpose of this paper is to report on the surveys, carried out during 2011 and 2013, regarding the functionality of and possible improvements to Italy’s nationwide resource sharing service NILDE (Network for Inter-Library Document Exchange).
The methodology comprises both an analysis of quantitative data about ILL transactions initiated during a 2011 study and a qualitative assessment of the system based on information obtained from the surveys and a SWOT analysis. This proved to be an effective methodology, and a new survey was launched in 2013 to verify whether the choices made and the projects undertaken were in line with user expectations.
The results turned out to be particularly interesting and a source of hints for planning future improvements.
Italian studies for assessing user satisfaction of library services, based on user surveys, often relate to a single library or a single University. The NILDE survey was delivered nationwide to all the registered users of NILDE. This is the most extensive survey for the number of libraries and the various types of end users involved.
© Mangiaracina, Cocever, Chiandoni and Arabito, 2014. This paper was originally presented at the 13th IFLA Interlending and Document Supply Conference, in Beijing, China, 16-18 October 2013. Published with the kind permission of IFLA. www.ifla.org/. Articles published by Emerald which have their origins in an IFLA project are made freely accessible nine months after official publication. For permission to reuse this article, please contact the copyright holder.
Mangiaracina, S., Cocever, C., Chiandoni, M. and Arabito, S. (2014), "Assessing the effectiveness of a national resource sharing system", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 42 No. 2/3, pp. 98-104. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILDS-12-2013-0039Download as .RIS
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