Michael Levine-Clark, Collections Librarian at the University of Denver has written an editorial for Collaborative Librarianship. His editorial, Whither ILL? Wither ILL: The Changing Nature of Resource Sharing for E-Books suggests that Interlibrary Loan is a wonderful way to share print books among libraries. However, in a digital world Michael believes that a short-term leases system, which is more economical than ILL, is a better solution.
A clip from Michael’s editorial:
This short-term lease process would work if (1) titles could be leased for a brief time (a day, a week, or a month); (2) the cost for this service were lower than or equal to the current cost of ILL; and (3) if there were enough titles available.