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Competences: Week 8 - Social Networking/ILLs

Week 8

Week 8 - Social Networks

Social networking has become an important part of the library's outreach to patrons. We can "push" information to them when they are not in the library. Please remember that we don't randomly bother patrons...they must visit our social networking site or subscribe in order to get information. Let patrons know that we offer these services.

For this thing, I'd like you to visit the library's social network presence on the web.

Make sure you know how to access our page to get up-to-date information on the library. When you are done exploring our Facebook page, tell me what you think of our social networking presence. Do you use any social networking sites?

Week 8

Week 8 - Interlibrary Loans


What is an Interlibrary Loan?

When material is not available through any of the sixteen public libraries in Lancaster County, patrons can request the item from libraries outside the Lancaster Library System.  This process is an interlibrary loan. 

Interlibrary Loan Guidelines

  • A patron may not request an interlibrary loan if there are fines, fees or overdue material on their account.
  • A patron must be 18 years or older to request items through interlibrary loan.
  • The patron must complete an interlibrary loan request form for each item.
  • Only the individual listed on the request form may check out the material.
  • All items must be returned by the due date on the book strap.
  • Items not returned on time will result in a fine of $1.00 per day, per item and the termination of interlibrary loan privileges.
  • There will be no renewals unless the interlibrary loan librarian receives permission from the lending library.
  • To renew material, you must call the interlibrary loan department five business days in advance of the due date (otherwise there will be no renewal).
  • 25 free interlibrary loan borrowing transactions are provided per calendar year.  After the 25th request is filled the patron will be charged.
  • The patron will be billed $25.00 per item for material not picked up.


 Items that cannot be obtained through Interlibrary Loan

  • Best sellers and newly published materials (within 12 month of publication)
  • Titles owned locally within the Library System of Lancaster County
  • Issues/volumes of periodicals and journals
  • Reference material
  • Audiobooks, videos, and DVDs
  • Rare books, special collection, and archival materials
  • School/course material
  • Licensed computer software data files


To learn more about the ILL procedure, and how to access and search the Access PA database please watch the slideshow below.



Your Assignment

Copy and paste the following text into a Word file. Answer the questions and then attach the Word file to an email and send to with your answers. Make sure to send your email from your library account.

 Use the Access PA database to answer questions 1 – 5.

 1.     Search for the ISBN 0817463003.  What is the title and who is the author?


2.     Search for the title Wilderness of Mirrors by David C. Martin.  Provide the book’s publisher, copyright date, and ISBN.  Would we be able to request this item?


3.     Search for the title Glossed and Found by India Ink.  Provide the book’s publisher, copyright date, and ISBN.  Would we be able to request this item?


4.     Search for the title Ethics and Technology: Controversies, Questions, and Strategies for Ethical Computing by Herman T. Tavani.  Provide the book’s publisher, copyright date, and ISBN.  Would we be able to request this item?


5.     Does the Berks County Library System have the title Barack Obama: A Leader in a Time of Change by Karen Sirvaitis?


6.     How much is a patron charged for not picking up an ILL item?


7.     If an ILL item is returned 20 days late, what would the patron owe in fines?


8.     How long do we hold ILL items for pick-up?


9.     True or False: We can renew ILL items at the Ephrata Public Library.


10.   True or False: We can request DVDs through Interlibrary Loan.