About GIF Project
The Global ILL Framework (GIF) Project is a reciprocal interlibrary loan and document delivery agreement between North American and Japanese academic libraries and research institutes. The GIF Project provides you additional means to access what you cannot obtain from other North American libraries via normal ILL/DD services.
As of August, 2008, 152 Japanese libraries provide document delivery services to North American GIF members. If your library participates in GIF Book Loan service, you can request book loans with 81 Japanese GIF libraries as well. Japanese GIF member list is accessible at http://wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/gif/statistics/us/gif-japan-library.html.
GIF Help is Available
The Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Committee of the NCC is responsible for promoting developments that maxaccess to Japanese language research materials not available in North America while minimizing language and fiscal barriers to acquiring those materials through interlibrary loan and/or document delivery.
If you need any assistance, please contact the ILL/DD Committee members: http://guides.nccjapan.org/illdd.
GIF users guides are available at: http://guides.nccjapan.org/illdd.
You may also find our "Get It Fast FAQs: FAQ Blog for the GIF Project" useful to answer your questions: http://gif-faq.blogspot.com/.
How to Use GIF Project
Step by step user guides are available at http://guides.nccjapan.org/illdd.
- Double check your library OPAC if the item you need is NOT in your own library. Try "Keyword anywhere" search after "Title beginning with..." search for novels and such.
- Search OCLC WorldCat to confirm no North American Libraries own the item.
- Search CiNii Books to find which Japanese GIF Libraries own the item.
Follow the instruction at How To Use CiNii Books for Your ILL/DD Requests
The NCC's ILL/DD Committee strongly recommend you to double check the holding location and periodical volume/issue informatoin in individual libraries' OPACs. Items in branch libraries may not be available. Please refer to individual libraries' lending policies for more details at http://wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/gif/statistics/us/gif-japan-library.html.
The NCC ILL/DD Committee has created "Get It Fast FAQS: FAQ Blog for the GIF Project." The FAQ Blog includes tips for users at http://gif-faq.blogspot.com/search/label/Tips%20for%20Users
Periodical Holding Information
Check volume and publication date information carefully. The volume information string has two parts: volumes ( issues ) and < beginning and ending years of coverage >.
Here is an example of how to read holdings information:
This library has volumes published between 1970 and 2003 with some missing volumes and issues. If this is a monthly publication, the library does nothave v.14 no.9 and v.14 no.12. The empty parenthesis after volumenumber 27 indicates their v. 27 has several missing issues. If no parenthesis appears after volume numbers, the library has completeset of those volumes. This library has complete set of volume 13, 15-26, and 34-45.
- Have you exhausted resources available in North America? Is the item only available from Japanese suppliers?
- Have you checked full-text databases and/or digital collections? If you are looking for academic bulletin (紀要) articles, have you searched CiNii or JAIRO? If you are looking for the Meiji Era materials, have you checked WebcatPlus, NDL OPAC, or NDL's Digital Library from the Meiji Era?
- Have you double-checked holding information in individual libraries' OPACs? Which branch owns the item? Have you checked the GIF Library Lending Policy page to see if the branch library is a part of GIF Project? Does the library have the specific volume/issue of the periodical you need?
- Have you selected the best option for your needs?
- Please proof read your ILL/DD request form. Did you include ISBN or ISSN? Did you include CiNii Books URL of bibliographic record in FULL DISPLAY mode? Did you included service specific instruction? Omit diacritics used for romanized Japanese because they cause garbled data problem!