Langsdale Library cultivates knowledge creation within members of campus, the Baltimore metropolitan area and beyond. We do this by teaching the skills and insights necessary to navigate the ever-changing information landscape and ensuring access to resources, learning spaces and technology.
Even with access to resources in our collection and the collections of ALL of the University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions libraries, which is a vast amount of information, we know that we will not be able to meet the information needs of our scholars and researchers. The biggest library in the world could never meet the information needs of every person.
Librarians recognize this conundrum and offer a free service to our users called Interlibrary Loan.
When our scholars and researchers need information that we do not have, typically a journal article or book, we will go get that information from another library that has it, wherever they are in the world. Langsdale library is also proud to share our collection with libraries anywhere in the world.
One of the behind-the-scenes automation systems librarians utilize at Langsdale Library is called ILLiad. ILLiad helps us to track all of our interlibrary loan transactions. It greatly reduces staff time for processing requests allowing our users access to the information they need quickly, especially journal articles.
Langsdale Library began using ILLiad in the summer 2005. And on February 28th of this year we processed our 100,000th transaction since we started using ILLiad. This is a milestone we are very proud to have achieved.
Thank you to all of our users and library faculty and staff that made this milestone possible!