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January 10, 2005

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Tom McNeely

Mark, this is a nice synopsis and great proposal. You might want to post this idea also to the OSS4Lib listserv (http://www.oss4lib.org, listserv link in upper right corner) to solicit support.
Thanks,
Tom McNeely
Western Washington University

Angie Nudge

I have followed this topic with interest, namely because I am an agent for many libraries so small or specialized they cannot afford Ariel. How we have solved this is to buy a full copy of Adobe and a scanner[Minolta PS7000 and Minolta MS7000-we had a grant]. We scan requested articles and send directly to the requesting library (due to licensing agreements)as a pdf file. They are the ones that print and give to patron. We've been doing this for 2 years and the only problems have been if the IP service goes down (3 times in 2 years) or the requesting library's printer has too small a memory [which they gladly remedy]. We have freed ILL from proprietary software, and our article lending has doubled. Our members are very happy with the quality of the copies and the fast turn around. Our goal now is to move from OCLC usage to further free the system. So far we have been able to mount a web form that has happily moved us in that direction.

Regards,
Angie Nudge

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