Coasting along with LADD

Jo Ruxton, GBRMPA Information services

We looked at last year’s interlibrary loan stats and had 40 separate invoices for interlibrary loans that could have been dealt with through the Libraries Australia Document Delivery system. That’s 40 invoices to pay, 40 invoices to file, 40 invoices to reconcile. Time-consuming to say the least.

Townsville, on Queensland’s north-eastern coast, is known to many as a jump-off point to one of Australia’s most famous natural wonders—the Great Barrier Reef.

And it’s here, in North Queensland’s unofficial capital that you’ll find the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), which manages the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to protect it for the future.

Jo Ruxton is the manager of Information Services there. It’s a two-person team that provides corporate library and image services to the agency. Information Services is the custodian of a range of material about the Reef, from corporate documents, maps, photography and videos published by the GBRMPA, to books, reports and journals. Many of these resources are available to the public, via the Publications eLibrary and Online Image Collection.

Last year, Jo told us how her team used collection reports and analysis from Libraries Australia to plan for the future. Now, she tells us, the GBRMPA is putting another of the tools provided by Library’s Australia to good use.

‘In January this year we (finally) jumped aboard the Libraries Australia Document Delivery (LADD) train,’ says Jo. ‘We looked at last year’s interlibrary loan stats and had 40 separate invoices for interlibrary loans that could have been dealt with through the Libraries Australia Document Delivery system. That’s 40 invoices to pay, 40 invoices to file, 40 invoices to reconcile. Time-consuming to say the least.’

With Libraries Australia Document Delivery, instead of being invoiced by each library who you borrow from, you get a single invoice—making Jo’s job a whole lot easier.

‘The 40 invoices are now replaced by 6 invoices,’ Jo explains. ‘Bi-monthly invoices to pay! What a luxury!’

 

Image copyright Commonwealth of Australia (GBRMPA), supplied with permission