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 Post subject: Your Local Library, Interlibrary Loan, and Worldcat
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:00 pm 
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There are a lot of Lafferty Books I would love to own, but they are so rare, I cannot possibly afford copies. Some of them exist in libraries - mostly university libraries, and many of those libraries participate in the interlibrary loan system. So here is how I satisfy my jones for hard-to-find Lafferty:

    1. I look up the book I'm interested in, for example Half a Sky, on Worldcat.org (http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=lafferty+half+a+sky&qt=owc_search). Whaddaya know, there are 22 copies listed in various libraries.
    2. I go to my local library (Albuquerque Public Library in my case: http://abclibrary.org/) and fill out the interlibrary request form
    3. I pay their $1 interlibrary loan fee, which I suspect doesn't even cover the cost of postage--I figure it is just an "are you serious" fee.
    4. A week or two later, they call me to tell me the book is in.
    5. I bring the book home, pour a dark beer, and read jubilantly.

I recommend this system. It works.


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 Post subject: Re: Your Local Library, Interlibrary Loan, and Worldcat
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:07 pm 
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Very nice. Browsing through the catalog led to this issue of the EFanzine Challenger, which has a great article:

Remembering Ray Lafferty by Joseph L. Green
http://efanzines.com/Challenger/Challenger-32.pdf

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Challenger #16 was a Lafferty issue, yet the online archives only start with issue #17. Argh!

Thanks Kevin


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 Post subject: Re: Your Local Library, Interlibrary Loan, and Worldcat
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:23 pm 
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Nat! Thank you for that link. That was a really nice rememberance of Lafferty.


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