CSU Libraries: GIL Express Launch Monday

WHEN: 10 a.m Monday, Jan. 24

WHERE: Schwob Library main entrance

WHO: CSU Libraries

WHAT: Join Library staff for cookies, punch and information on the new, university-sytem wide borrowing program


More than 50 per week represents tthe rate of outgoing transactions by CSU library patrons who are borrowing books not available at CSU from other University System of Georgia campus libraries.

Implemented in 2004-05, GIL Express gives CSU and university system students, faculty and staff quick, easy access to 4.3 million titles from the collections of the university system's 35 campus libraries. The system applies only to books in regular circulation.

The process begins with the GIL union catalog, accessible online at giluc.usg.edu. Once the desired book is located, the borrower clicks on 'GIL Express Request' link and fills out a request submission. Delivery to the borrowers home library, via UPS, takes a minimum two days. The 28-day borrowing period includes up to two renewals. Returns can be made to any University System library.

In contrast, the existing 'Interlibrary Loan' process has required 7-10-day delivery period (this system remains viable for ordering non-circulation items such as journal articles, copies of reference book pages and books that are not available within the Gil union catalog). 'GIL' is short for 'GALILEO Interconnected Libraries.' GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online), created in 1995 by University System librarians, is a Web-based virtual library that provides access to multiple information resources. GIL, the second phase of the GALILEO initiative, is the name given to the online catalogs at all University System libraries. GIL Express represents the third phase of the GALILEO initiative.

Cynthia Fears, who oversees GIL Express at CSU as head of CSU library circulation, described CSU patron - primarily student - response as enthusiastic, citing the 50 books-per-week borrowing rate from other campuses.

Meanwhile, library patrons on other USG campuses are ordering about 10 CSU books every week.

GIL Express also is applicable in person, as it replaces the USG borrowing card previously used by faculty/staff and students while visiting other campus libraries. For instance, if someone from CSU is attending an event in Athens and decides to visit the UGA library, that individual would need only to present a photo ID as an eligible GIL Express borrower. The borrower would return any items to his or her home library.

Dean of CSU Libraries Callie McGinnis said GIL Express represents a uniquely cooperative effort of university system libraries. 'We do not compete against each other for resources. Mainly for this reason, our GALILEO initiative has been the envy of many libraries in other state university systems.

For more information or to use GIL Express, visit http://gilexpress.usg.edu or CSU Libraries online at http://library.colstate.edu. ###