The woes of being an independent student department
About a year ago Honnold Library at the Claremont Colleges moved all (or most) of their considerable periodical holdings to an off campus “Records Center.” In so doing they make room for a café among other things. Now if one is qualified and wants to look at a journal one needs to request a copy from the Records Center. Over the last couple of months, Lois, the person who takes care of these requests, has helped me from time to time but has always gently reminded me that I need to submit my requests via an online access form rather than by email. So, yesterday, I tried the online request form and discovered that I couldn’t login. I assumed that was because I was an alumnus and didn’t have a password. I asked the helpful Records Center person if he had any ideas as to how I could do things the way he wanted me to do them. He checked with his boss and this morning I received the following email,
Luis asked me to write to you about using Interlibrary Loan since I’m the coordinator for the Unit. Here is a list from our policy statement who can use our services:
Who can borrow?
Interlibrary borrowing privileges are available to faculty, emeritus faculty, staff and students of The Claremont Colleges. ILL is not available to Claremont Colleges alumni or to other community-card holders.
Unfortunately, since you are an alumni, you are not eligible for this service. May I suggest you visit your local library, most of them offer Interlibrary Loan Service to their community users.
Hope this information has been helpful to you.
Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
Now isn’t that wonderful! Bottom line: to get a journal article from a bound periodical that one year ago was on an open stack in the library, I now must send an email to my friend the reference librarian at School of Theology, less than a half a mile north of Honnold. She will then send an email to Lois at the Record Center who will then copy the article and then send it to her at School of Theology. She will then email it to me.
But the café is nice!