ILL by bike: an idea whose time has come

I’m co-chairing the ACRL Green Component Committee for the 2009 National Conference in Seattle–in other words, I’m working to help lighten the environmental impact of the conference.

And so this article in LJ’s Academic Newswire caught my eye:  the Ames Public Library and Iowa State University in Ames Iowa are using bike couriers for their ILL service!  It’s faster, cheaper, and more efficient than using USPS, and look Ma, no petroleum dependency!

Now the question is: how can this kind of idea scale for larger ILL operations?  And how can this kind of creative thinking inform other library processes?

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One thought on “ILL by bike: an idea whose time has come

  1. annie says:

    Maybe we’ll get a big relay going? Like the Olympic torch, but for ILL. We’ll have bike relay messengers, instead of truck drivers. Wow. That would be cool.

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