We are pleased to announce that a major milestone was reached last Thursday, 11 November 2010, when Hobsons Bay Libraries became the 100th ISO ILL library to begin interoperating with the LADD. Hobsons Bay Libraries, uses the VDX system and is part of the Library Link Victoria consortium.
ISO ILL interoperability in Australia has grown remarkably since its tentative beginnings in 2003 when two consortia, the Western Australian Group of University Libraries (WAGUL) and the CAVAL Interlibrary Consortium (CLIC), both using OCLC's VDX software, began successfully interoperating with LADD. This marked the commencement of the LADD gateway environment. The 100 locations now interoperating with the LADD gateway consist of individual sites, 5 consortia, the commercial supplier Infotrieve and the National Library of New Zealand's Te Puna Interloan. Currently there are 3 different ISO ILL systems interoperating with the LADD gateway: OCLC's VDX, Relais International's Relais and ExLibris's Aleph (Integrated ILL).
Even though the milestone of 100 ISO ILL libraries has been reached, the growth in the number of libraries purchasing ISO ILL systems to interoperate with the LADD Gateway shows no sign of slowing down, with another 27 ISO ILL libraries currently in test with the LADD Gateway.