WorldShare Interlibrary Loan
OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is a new service that will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing, as part of libraries' existing subscriptions. The service centralizes workflows now managed in multiple systems, and will provide new functionality that speeds fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests and saves time for library staff and library users.
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is included at no additional charge in existing OCLC resource sharing subscriptions.
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will go beyond traditional interlibrary loan to provide a truly integrated delivery solution for libraries. The service will integrate discovery and delivery of electronic, digital and print materials within a single interface. It will also support evolving workflow changes in libraries, such as the option to purchase needed items rather than borrow them.
The new WorldShare Platform supports new features in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan that require interoperation with other applications, such as the display of lender costs from the Policies Directory and display of item availability from a library's ILS.
The migration from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will allow us to transform traditional interlibrary loan into a much broader fulfillment service with associated workflows. In the new service, interlibrary loan will be one of any number of fulfillment options a library may select according to the needs of its users and library policies.
Part of The Future of OCLC Cataloging, ILL and Discovery at Webscale, OCLC's Katie Birch provides an update on plans for WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, the new service that will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing in 2013.
Watch this space for WorldShare Interlibrary Loan events