Shipping materials via a library courier service is much cheaper than shipping via the U.S. Postal Service. Most library delivery services are regional or state-based. This article illustrates how two separate services combined to develop the multi-state courier system COKAMO. COKAMO is moving tens of thousands of items between three states at a fraction of U.S. Postal Service rates. Within one year of implementing the system, over 57,000 items have been shipped, creating savings of over $215,000 for participating libraries. Significant changes in the behavior of interlibrary loan staff throughout the region are evidenced in statistics which show an increase in borrowing between participating states and a decline in interlibrary loan to adjacent states not in COKAMO.
Horton, Valerie; Burton, Susan; Rosen, Franca; and Priebe, Lisa
"COKAMO: A Model for Fast, Inexpensive Interstate Delivery,"
Collaborative Librarianship: Vol. 2
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.du.edu/collaborativelibrarianship/vol2/iss4/6