The mission of the Resource Sharing Team is to expand access to resources in support of teaching, learning, and research at Oakland University beyond the collection of its Libraries by acquiring materials from other institutions and to foster these partnerships with other libraries by reciprocating with materials in its own collection.
Using ILLiad, which is a mediated system, and MeLCat, which is unmediated, the University’s students, faculty and staff submit requests to borrow books, reports, journal articles and other items which are not owned by the University Libraries. Resource Sharing staff acquire the materials, all the while in compliance with copyright law and standards, the Michigan ILL Code, and the National ILL Code.
Resource Sharing staff members lend items from the University Libraries’ collections to other institutions. The requests come through both the ILLiad and MeLCat systems. This reciprocal relationship is fostered by taking care of materials borrowed, by following the lender’s guidelines for use, and by observing the lender’s due date.
Three types of document delivery services are offered to the University’s students, faculty and staff, and all of these are provided through the ILLiad system. They are 1) Faculty/Staff Copy Service, 2) providing books and articles to distance-learning students, and 3) providing proxied links to electronic articles and other content held in the University Libraries’ collections.