November 9, 2005
PROSPECTOR RELEASES NEW ARTICLE DELIVERY FEATURE FOR SELECTED LIBRARIES
The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries in conjunction with Colorado State University has released a new article delivery feature within the Prospector union catalog. Historically, the Prospector system has allowed patrons to request books, DVDs, CDs, and videos for delivery to your local library. These were items that must be returned and have been cataloged by its participating libraries. However, if a patron wanted a copy of a journal article they would need to go back to your home library and use interlibrary loan. The new “Request Article” button located near the top right of the Prospector screen provides the ability for patrons to request articles for online delivery.
Initially, only selected libraries have opted to activate this feature within Prospector, but in each case once a patron has selected a home institution the best options will be provided.
The system works as follows:
There are some variations in how this works at various sites depending on certain pieces of software they locally have available at that library.
If a library is not using the RAPID software from CSU, the patron may be taken to a local library Web page where they can look for journals or databases that may be available from that library. However, if you do not find the journal you want you must contact your home library for more information.
Libraries participating in the first release of the new advanced Prospector/RAPID article delivery project include:
Colorado School of Mines*
Colorado State University
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Denver (Penrose Library)
University of Northern Colorado
University of Wyoming*
*These libraries will activate the RAPID delivery feature in the near future
For more information contact your local library.
Additional information about Prospector is available from:
Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries
3801 E. Florida, Suite 515
Denver, CO 80210
http://www.coalliance.org (Alliance URL)
http://prospector.coalliance.org (Prospector URL)
Additional information for librarians about the RAPID article delivery system is available at http://rapidill.org