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How to Join the IDS Project?

Any library within the United States is encouraged to join the IDS Project. Annual membership costs $1,500 and members must subscribe to the OCLC ILLiad Resource Sharing Management Software. Members sign a membership contract that can be obtained from Mark Sullivan, the IDS Project Executive Director.

If you are interested in joining the IDS Project, please contact Mark at or 585-245-5172.

Benefits of joining the IDS Project

  • Emphasis on building "a unified community of trust & support"
  • Unmediated article request management
  • Workflow services and tools: Workflow Toolkit, GIST, Mentors, Training, etc.
  • Real-time and multi-level ILL transaction performance data analytic tools for performance and programmatic evaluation (TPAM)
  • Trained teams of volunteer mentors (applications & technical)
  • User-centric definition of an ILL transaction
  • Handle both physical items (books, media, etc.) and articles
  • Contractual performance benchmarks
  • Objective data for decision making & policy development
  • Extensive sharing of eJournals
  • No charges for loans among IDS libraries
  • Commitment of talent and time of members