Western Libraries faces a budget shortfall that must be addressed before fiscal year’s end. The Director of Scholarly Resources and Collections Services has asked the ILL staff to determine the average cost of an ILL article for comparison to subscription cost-per-use data. The comparison will be used to inform discussion regarding possible subscription cuts in the coming fiscal years, and to address the current shortfall.
This research report begins with a general explanation of interlibrary loan at Western, then takes a look at documented strategies used by other libraries to calculate similar averages, and lastly explains the methodology used to come up with our own institutional averages for the past three fiscal years.
Stefany, Amy; Williams, Meghan; and McCool, Jenn, "Average Cost per Interlibrary Loan Article Request at Western Libraries" (2015). Western Libraries Faculty & Staff Publications. 65.