The GMR is pleased to announce that Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) has received funding in the amount of $4,642 in the form of an NNLM Technology Enhancement Award to implement resource sharing management software at the WMed Library. Congratulations to WMed and applicants Elizabeth R. Lorbeer, EdM, MLS, Founding Library Director, and Ethan Cutler, Library Digital Strategist, on the successful proposal.
The WMed Medical Library is described as a born digital library, serving one of the newest medical schools in the United States. Document delivery and resource sharing requests have increased steadily since the school’s inception (August 2014). Although other Western Michigan libraries operate with automated software, the WMed Medical Library is administered separately. With no dedicated resource sharing department, faculty librarians were monitoring and responding to user requests manually.
The GMR will fund the purchase and implementation of ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database), an electronic system to facilitate resource sharing.