In 1994-95, the American Jesuit College and University Libraries forged an interlibrary loan agreement to enhance access to research materials for students and faculty and to support cooperation among the Jesuit academic libraries in the United States.
In this agreement, the AJCU libraries took a major step forward to provide free document delivery to their respective institutions. Each library provides free interlibrary loan, including the waiving of any charges for photocopying, faxing, postage or service.
Several Jesuit institutions have implemented a new document transmission system via the Internet called ARIEL, which is faster, more reliable and less expensive to use than fax and produces images of greater resolution and quality. This spring the University of Scranton joins this group in using ARIEL to scan journal articles and transmit the resulting electronic images over the Internet. to each other's ARIEL workstations and laser printers.
Another potential area for a cooperative venture is group licensing of journal citation and journal full-text database products. The University of Scranton will initiate a discussion among Jesuit libraries concerning the possibility of negotiating group discount prices for databases. In these times of rising costs of database subscriptions, this discussion could result in some cost. savings to Jesuit libraries.
From the Library Director