Document delivering services: a strategy to support research in Mexican universities in the pandemic by COVID-19

César Saavedra-Alamillas, Josmel Pacheco-Mendoza, Héctor Eduardo García-Meléndez, Amado Vilchis López, Humberto Martínez-Camacho, Erik Miguel Ortiz-Díaz, Eugenia Ortega-Martínez

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report and to regulate the users’ documentary necessities of six Mexican universities involved, in a cooperative manner and during the period of confinement by SARS-CoV-2, through the Document Delivery Service (DDS). Design/methodology/approach: A diagnostic was conducted within the participating institutions that considered the information resources and sources, documents requested and the number of users per institution, which were counted daily for one month. This research used documentary and quantitative methods. Findings: The authors determined that DDS is a reliable service for information supply although it is going to be necessary to adjust legal schemes and interlibrary loan policies to develop a process and to adapt this one to the current information services in the future or “in our new normality”; DDS will have a high impact on the conformation of networks of librarian cooperation. Originality/value: This study exposed the importance of DDS as a relevant service to provide information on demand by using information and communication technologies, which is a safe way to operate, avoiding exposure to physical contact, ensuring the continuity of research processes in the communities and always monitoring and promoting the copyright.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-349
Number of pages13
JournalDigital Library Perspectives
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 11 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Authors would like to thank Scholarcy ( for sponsoring the access for the development of this manuscript; also, they want to thank Jorge Manuel Arredondo Sevilla for their collaboration in correcting grammar in the English language. Funding : the research was self-funded by the authors. Competing interests : the authors declare that they have no competing interests. Authors? contributions : JPM and CSA conceived the presented idea. All authors read, corrected and approved the final manuscript.

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© 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited.


  • COVID-19
  • Document delivering services
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Library cooperation
  • Pandemic
  • Reference service
  • University libraries


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