Statewide Courier Service
The Statewide Courier Service is entering the implementation phase.
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Summary results of the Library Courier Survey:
- A majority of respondents identify as public libraries (45.2%). Academics are divided into two groups (2 or 4 Year College Library and University Library) and combine for 23.7%. School Libraries are third with 21.9%.
- The average number of in-state loans is 600 items per year or 12 items per week per year. Combined, the average annual shipping volume is approx 1310 items per year or 26 items per week.
- 16% of responding libraries spend $100 or less on in-state shipping. 23.2% spend over $1000. 28% don’t know how much they spend.
- 34% currently use some kind of courier. Almost 80% of respondents to date express interest in a statewide courier.
- 43.6% (48) of our respondents can reallocate existing resources to pay for a courier.
A committee published a Request For Proposal for a statewide courier for interlibrary loan services for all types of libraries. The committee included Committee Chair David Atkins, Chuck Sherrill, Theresa Liedtka, Yildiz Binkley, Tricia Bengel, Christy Groves and Jennifer Cowan-Henderson.
Tennessee State Library and Archives will cover the courier service for the public libraries that belong to the regional system, with an anticipated start date of July 2012. All other libraries will pay individually to participate.