Wednesday, 16 May 2012
It has been, almost continuously, operational since 1972 and has this year risen again from the ashes (complete with botox) all happy, polished and raring to go (a comment from one of the scheme members).
One of the strongest features of the Scheme is the means by which all libraries can share resources, helping both large and small firms, academic and government libraries. Basically, the Scheme operates three times a year with mailings in October, February and June. It is a very good means of obtaining missing copies and off-loading duplicate periodical parts that you may have. Apart from helping to replace missing issues over the years there is a definite feel good factor in being able to help other people by passing on duplicate materials.
The Scheme can, quite easily, run alongside ad hoc Lis-Law mailings. One of the positive features is that it does provide an opportunity to focus the mind three times a year to get compile a list.
The practicalities of the scheme are fairly straight forward. There is an annual subscription which is dependant upon whether you are a member of BIALL or not and this entitles you to the three mailings. The subscription for 2012-2013 will be £38.40 for BIALL members and £60 for non-members – these figures include VAT.
The next mailing will be at the end of June – if you would like to join the Scheme please let me know and I will add you to the mailing list and invoice accordingly.
Contributed by: Catherine McArdle