Library Now Finds, Copies Articles

O'Neill Library has made recent improvements to a service which spares patrons the task of finding and copying articles from academic journals.

Through the library Copy Center's "Locate and Copy" service, users can request an article in the O'Neill stacks, which Copy Center staff will find, photocopy and mail, at a cost of 20 cents per page. More than 1,400 requests have been processed since the service was introduced in early 1997, according to O'Neill Head Librarian for Access Services Margie Fiels, and the number is increasing.

The recent acquisition of scanning technology now allows the library staff to process requests electronically, as well as via conventional mail.

"If a user takes advantage of the e-mail option, most articles can be e-mailed back the same day the request is made," said Copy Center Coordinator Carolyn Jupiter-McIntosh.

The service, currently limited to Boston College faculty, staff and students, is available Monday through Friday when classes are in session.

More information about the service - including guidelines for receiving documents via e-mail and a form for transmitting an online request - is available on the World Wide Web.

- Mark Sullivan

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