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Features

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will provide many of the useful features that OCLC introduced through WorldCat Resource Sharing.

Support for sharing print resources

Since it began decades ago, interlibrary loan has supported the sharing of print resources held in library collections. OCLC’s interlibrary loan service began in 1979 to further automate existing processes and enhance them with cooperative capabilities that have continued to evolve. The newest generation of sharing—WorldShare Interlibrary Loan—promises ongoing enhancements that support the sharing of your print resources.

Learn how to start using WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

Support for sharing e-resources

Article Exchange

Remove the guess-work from delivery of large files to your users. Article Exchange lets you place files as large as 60MB on a secure site for pick-up by authorized users. It supports delivery of documents in the following formats: BMP, GIF,J2K, JIF, JFI, JFIF, JP2,JPE, JPEG, JPF, JPM, JPX, JPG, MDI, MJ2, PEG/JFIF, JPEG 2000, PDF, PNG, PSD, TIF, TIFF, TGA, TPIC and WEBP.

Automatic deletion of viewed documents after five days and unviewed documents after 30 days supports compliance with standard copyright rules.

Article sharing (coming in May)

By May 2013, article sharing through the WorldCat knowledge base will be fully integrated into WorldShare Interlibrary Loan. The WorldCat knowledge base simplifies the way your library shares electronic resources such as journal articles and e-books. It also provides detailed lists of the electronic resources in your library's collections to ensure that your staff initiate copy requests only for items you do not own. In addition, a license management tool allows you to indicate which journal titles and collections you have the rights to share through interlibrary loan and instructions about how you can loan them.

This integration will enable full use of OCLC’s article sharing capabilities, including enhanced lending display for e-articles and use of the Direct Request feature for sharing articles.

As more libraries add their local knowledge bases into the WorldCat knowledge base and enable knowledge base access in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, lending libraries will receive loan requests that contain direct links to articles they own and are licensed to loan. This lets your ILL staff quickly retrieve needed items without the added step of consulting multiple sites to determine item location.

Direct Request: automated fulfillment you control

Direct Request lets a user place a request directly from an online citation. That request can then bypass staff review and directly enter the WorldCat Resource Sharing system.

The Direct Request feature enables requests for physical and electronic resources. It delivers efficient access to online articles and eBooks due to its interaction with the WorldCat knowledge base and integrated access to the lending policies of content owners. The knowledge base tells which libraries own needed items and whether they can be loaned, saving staff time and reducing turnaround time for users.

Support for resource sharing management

ILL Fee Management

In WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, you can use the ILL Fee Management (IFM) feature to reconcile resource sharing charges and payments through your monthly OCLC invoice. This eliminates separate invoices and check-writing, and saves an average of US $45.00 per request.

In WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, OCLC will introduce enhancements that expand IFM functionality to support purchases from new content partners.

OCLC Policies Directory

In WorldShare Interlibrary Loan you have one-click access to the Policies Directory, where you can review the lending and copying policies of other libraries participating in WorldCat Resource Sharing, plus their billing, system and contact information. You can use this information to choose your potential lenders, and publish your own policies in the Web-based Directory to reduce the number of requests you receive that you cannot supply. You can also identify requests that you cannot fill so that they will bypass your library through an automatic deflection process.

In WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, lender costs from the Policies Directory are easily visible to borrowing library staff, to speed selection of appropriate lenders. The WorldShare Platform supports this enhanced interoperability of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan and the Policies Directory.

Reports

Analyze your resource-sharing workflow or borrowing and lending patterns with a variety of reports, all available at no additional charge. Use these reports to share meaningful data with your collection-development staff, administrators and funding bodies.

Support for automating the ILL process

Automatic Deflection

You can automatically deflect resource sharing requests based on policies defined in the Policies Directory. With deflection enabled, the Request Manager “skips” lenders based on deflection policies and automatically moves requests to the next lender, reducing the amount of time an unfilled request remains in the “pending” status. This saves time for staff because they don’t have to respond to requests they can’t fill, giving them more time to respond to requests your library CAN fulfill.

Constant Data

With the constant data feature in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, a library can create up to 1,000 data records that can be used to simplify and streamline data entry on interlibrary loan requests and workforms. Your library can create constant data records to fit any routine borrowing or lending situation.

OCLC Policies Directory

In WorldShare Interlibrary Loan you have one-click access to the Policies Directory, where you can review the lending and copying policies of other libraries participating in WorldCat Resource Sharing, plus their billing, system and contact information. You can use this information to choose your potential lenders, and publish your own policies in the Web-based Directory to reduce the number of unfillable requests you receive. You can also identify requests that you cannot fill so that they will bypass your library through an automatic deflection process.

Direct Request: automated fulfillment you control

Direct Request lets a user place a request directly from an online citation. That request can then bypass staff review and directly enter the WorldCat Resource Sharing system.

The Direct Request feature enables requests for physical and electronic resources. It delivers efficient access to online articles and eBooks due to its interaction with the WorldCat knowledge base and integrated access to the lending policies of content owners. The knowledge base tells which libraries own needed items and whether they can be loaned, saving staff time and reducing turnaround time for users.

Support for international interlibrary loan

Article Exchange

Remove the guess-work from delivery of large files to your users. Article Exchange lets you place files as large as 60MB on a secure site for pick-up by authorized users. It supports delivery of documents in the following formats: BMP, GIF,J2K, JIF, JFI, JFIF, JP2,JPE, JPEG, JPF, JPM, JPX, JPG, MDI, MJ2, PEG/JFIF, JPEG 2000, PDF, PNG, PSD, TIF, TIFF, TGA, TPIC and WEBP.

Automatic deletion of viewed documents after five days and unviewed documents after 30 days supports compliance with standard copyright rules. (Library staff must also comply with local copyright laws.)

GEBAY

The Bavarian State Library (OCLC symbol, GEBAY) and ImageWare have partnered to provide a service that allows OCLC resource sharing libraries to print from the cloud. The MyBib eL® platform will allow GEBAY to send libraries a link from which a first page can be viewed, then the document can be printed from the system—but not viewed or downloaded—in accordance with European copyright laws.

ILL Fee Management

In WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, you can use the ILL Fee Management (IFM) feature to reconcile resource sharing charges and payments through your monthly OCLC invoice. This eliminates separate invoices and check-writing, and saves an average of US $45.00 per request. OCLC is working on future enhancements to expand IFM functionality.

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