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Deflections

Basics of Deflections

Deflection is a feature that is such a time-saver because Lending libraries will often get requests for items that they do not lend over ILL- usually because their policies or license agreements dictate that certain items cannot be loaned through interlibrary loan. Deflection allows the system to say “no” to these requests on your behalf. It will skip your library in the lender string, and move the request on to the next lender.

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Deflecting knowledge base collections

If your library maintains electronic collections through the knowledge base, using Collection Manager, you can set E-License terms related to interlibrary loan per collection. This level of detail allows deflection to be applied based on licensing terms.

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Deflecting all electronic items

Setting up deflections for all your electronic resources will stop these ILL requests from arriving to your library and your staff won’t have to go through the manual process of saying no to those requests. The system will automatically skip your library.

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