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WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan release in Canada

The WorldCat Resource Sharing interlibrary loan service will be replaced by a new service, OCLC WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan, in 2013.

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will deliver new and expanded functionality that supports evolving workflow changes such as the option to purchase needed materials instead of borrow them.

The service’s interoperation with other applications, such as the display of lender costs from the OCLC Policies Directory and display of item availability from a library’s ILS will be supported by the new WorldShare Platform.

Initial release of the new service for libraries in Canada is planned for June 2013. At that time, OCLC Canada will contact you with information about how to begin using the new service.  We will also share information about training resources that will help you become familiar with the service and support your transition to it from WorldCat Resource Sharing. Between June and December 2013, the WorldCat Resource Sharing and WorldShare Interlibrary Loan services will operate in parallel. Access to WorldCat Resource Sharing is scheduled to end December 31, 2013.

We plan to hold a program about WorldShare Interlibrary Loan at this year’s Canadian Library Association conference in Winnipeg, May 29 – June 1, 2013.  We will distribute details about this program in advance of the conference. In the mean time there are preparations libraries can start now to prepare.

About OCLC

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