The CONTU guidelines were established in 1978 to add clarifications to the original copyright law governing ILL. The "Rule of 5" originates from CONTU, and is suggested as best practice in order to avoid copyright infringement.
When providing article copies through ILL, check that there is a copyright statement visible somewhere. Many e-journal articles include a copyright notice when downloaded. If there is no notice, you can attach the journal issue's copyright notice or use this standard notice of copyright.
Southeastern can fill medical-related ILL requests at no cost to the borrowing library through the Medical Information Services Program (MISP.) This can be an option for items that are not available through SEAL. Library staff can use this referral form to submit your requests to Southeastern.
One of the stipulations in our regional code is to request materials from "like" systems first. This will prevent any one library from receiving an overwhelming amount of requests. This chart outlines the order to choose lenders based on your library type.
You can use the logos below to promote SEAL on your library's website. Click the link to open the image in a new window. Right click and select "Save image as" (or "Save picture as").
SEAL users have the option to update item statuses directly in their borrowing and lending request histories. This document details the status updates available and includes a flowchart indicating how they work.