LIBRARY & ARCHIVES CANADA – LENDER OF LAST RESORT

According to Cecilia Muir of Library & Archives Canada (LAC) :

“On November 18, 2013, LAC will implement a “lender of last resort” service…our own approach to loans will focus on items that are unique to LAC’s holdings that are not available through other institutions, through digital channels, or through paid service options.”

Southern Ontario Library Service explains what this means for public libraries in terms of acquiring materials from LAC for their patrons:

“They did state in their original announcement that if they adopted this policy, they would only be lending if they were absolutely the only location that held a given item, so if there were locations that held the item required, even lenders that charged for ILL, (newspapers on microfilm included), they will not lend it, so even if this ever happens, actually getting anything on ILL from them will still be pretty unlikely.”

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