Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Still Catching Up, Week 4 of 52 Weeks to Bettery Genealogy

This is my blog entry for Week 4 of the challenge created by Amy Coffin of We Tree and hosted by GeneaBloggers.com.

The assignment:
Learn about your local public library’s inter-library loan (ILL) policy. Pick a genealogy-related book that you want to read that is not in your library’s collection. Ask the librarian how to request the book from another library. Find the different library systems from which you can request books through your own library, as this can dramatically increase the number of genealogy books to which you have access. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experience with requesting items through your library’s ILL service.

This one was easy because I have recently used the ILL. At our library, we have access to all the libraries in the Dallas Library System as well as nearby college libraries. The cost is $2 which has to be paid in person, and in advance. It's not a perfect system because occasionally the book doesn't arrive, or the library doesn't notify that the book is in and sends it back, and the fee is non-refundable, but for the most part it is a great way to get hard-to-find books.

Until next time, may you have blessings and successful research,
Marti

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