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Funding Award for Automated ILL Software and Training

Posted by on October 5th, 2017 Posted in: Funding, Resource Sharing, Technology

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.

Project Description

The GMR will fund the purchase and implementation of ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database), an electronic system to facilitate resource sharing.

Project Objectives

  • Objective One: Implement ILLiad at WMed by coordinating software and technology requirements of satellite instance of ILLiad;
  • Objective Two: Train library faculty to use ILLiad;
  • Objective Three: Provide outreach to WMed community.

Project Goals

  • Goal One: Replace the current manual research sharing workflow with an automated system.
  • Goal Two: Standardize and improve the resource sharing experience for the WMed community.
  • Goal Three: Increase resource availability and data for collection development improvement analysis.

Image of the author ABOUT Jacqueline Leskovec
Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN (she/her) is the Network Coordinator for NNLM Region 6. She is the lead for the Partner Outreach Program (POP), Network membership and user accounts, the Data Reporting System (DRS), and the Region 6 website. She has been with the Network since 2005. In addition to being a health sciences librarian, Jacqueline maintains her license as a registered nurse. She works from her home office in Chicago. She is well acquainted with power tools and will be happy to bore you with details of her many home repair and remodel adventures.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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