Inter-Library Loan: The EAST Lending Network
To support the EAST membership, and further encourage libraries to adopt a no-charge lending policy, a working group focused on Interlibrary Lending developed Best Practices for ILL within EAST. These Best Practices were updated in early 2019 to reflect EAST’s membership and participation in the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance. In addition, EAST resource sharing libraries are included in the OCLC Policy Directory. An EAST OCLC Group Access Capability (GAC) has been created. Consult the list of OCLC and DOCLINE symbols for the symbols included in the EAST GAC.
In April 2017 and in response to member interest, the EAST Project Team worked with the RapidILL service to create a RapidILL Pod for EAST Members. For more information on RapidILL, please visit their website. To join the EAST Pod, contact the RapidILL staff directly and indicate your interest in joining the EAST Pod as an EAST Member institution.
For instructions on how to create an EAST entry in OCLC’s Policies Directory, please consult this powerpoint created by David Perry (Bryn Mawr College).
Searching and Viewing EAST Retentions
EAST retentions can be searched by OCLC number from the eastlibraries.org homepage, which queries to OCLC API for registered retentions. See also OCLC’s “Functionality Across Services” document for examples of how to search within OCLC products. For libraries that have access to OCLC’s GreenGlass, EAST retentions are also available in the Group Collection Known Item Search.
EAST commitments are also viewable in the Gold Rush Library Content Comparison System. Logins are available to EAST members by contacting the EAST Project Team.