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Searching for a lending Library: the algorithm for ranking

The best use of NILDE Best practice Librarians

How can we choose the Library to which forward our request? No worries! Nilde suggests the most appropriate library of the network to which forwarding the request.

How does this happen?
After having identified distinctively the review selecting its ISSN code and clicked on “Continue” to send your request, lending Nilde libraries are displayed and listed in different tabs, according to the catalogues (ACNP, SBN) and the ISSN/ISBN search.
The list of lending libraries is ordered according to an algorithm (Rank) based on the largest imbalance within the network. In other words, Nilde calculates the imbalance between borrowing and lending requests forwarded/received by every library during the year and shows at the top of the list, with a minus sign, the libraries with the largest debit compared to the rest of the network. The library at the top of the list is the one suggested to send the request, in order to make a balance on the number of requests that each library in the network receives.
In order to keep an equal standard of work among the libraries who participate in the network, it is advisable to address the request to more lending libraries. However maximum 3 requests per week should be forwarded to the same library. Any different arrangement should be discussed directly with the lending library.

Clicking on the name of the library displays its information and contact details. Clicking on the i, it is possible to read the delivery conditions, the number of requests forwarded every week and the difference in the number of requested articles in comparison to our library.
Avoid avoidable non-fulfilments: it is advisable to check in the catalogues the actual availability of the information resource. It means that we should read carefully the catalogue, paying attention to the notes about holdings and possible embargo.

IMPORTANT: every Nilde borrowing request form must include only one request.