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ILLiad software version 8.4 now available 

ILLiad software version 8.4 is now available for ILLiad subscribers. In version 8.4, ILLiad users will begin to see the integration of new features from WorldShare Interlibrary Loan into the ILLiad service in addition to new APIs that support integration of resource sharing into other applications in use at your library.

ILLiad version 8.4 includes changes to overdues processing, enhancements related to the release of the new WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service, improved Article Exchange workflows, a new IFM-related add-on and new Web services.

Upgrade to ILLiad 8.4 for:

  • New options for overdue processing
    • View overdue items within the client
    • Select and route items to alternate queues
    • Select and email overdue notices
    • Send a reminder email in addition to 3 overdue messages
  • An enhancement related to new features in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan
    • Addition of a 15-library lender string. The longer lender string will save time for borrowing staff because unfilled requests will move through a string of 15 potential lenders rather than the maximum of 5 lenders currently supported.
  • Integration with several new OCLC resource sharing APIs:
    • Article Exchange API for upload and download.

      The Article Exchange API for use with ILLiad will offer tight integration similar to the way Odyssey interacts with ILLiad now. For example, the “trusted sender” functionality will work with Article Exchange documents. This integration affects both uploads for lenders and downloads for borrowers.

    • Interlibrary Loan Fee Management (IFM) API.

      This new Web service will enable libraries to pay for content from the Copyright Clearance Center’s Get It Now service via their OCLC bill. OCLC, Atlas Systems and Copyright Clearance Center will pilot this new functionality with 8 libraries through August 2013. Following the pilot, we will extend use of the new purchase option to all ILLiad libraries that subscribe to Get It Now and want to pay for their Get It Now requests with IFM. 

      Additional functionality scheduled for release later in 2013 includes:

    • Replacement of Enter My Symbol Twice (EMST) with a "days to respond" designation of 4, 8, 12, 16 or 20 days from the OCLC Policies DIrectory helps borrowers more quickly manage requests from lenders with extended turnaround times.
    • Display of lending fees from the Policies Directory will help borrowers more quickly identify appropriate lenders based on the fees they charge.

New upgrade process

Upgrading to ILLiad version 8.4 and use of the APIs described above requires use of a WSKey (Web services key).  

Request a WSKey through OCLC Service Configuration. Once you receive your WSKey, you may configure version 8.4 software through the ILLiad customization manager. 

Learn more about using a WSKey to access version 8.4 and new APIs.

Register for a webinar about WSKey use on June 6 at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time.

SSL certificate installation.

  • Self-hosted ILLiad sites: Install an SSL certificate on your ILLiad Web server to use ILLiad 8.4.
  • Hosted ILLiad sites: OCLC will install the required SSL certificate at no additional charge.

End of support for versions 8.1 and 8.2.

As previously announced, ILLiad versions 8.1 and 8.2 will not work with OCLC as of July 1, 2013.  You must discontinue use of versions 8.1 and 8.2 by June 30, 2013 and upgrade to version 8.4 so you do not lose access to OCLC interlibrary loan. 

You can move directly to ILLiad version 8.4 from version 8.1 or 8.2 without first upgrading to version 8.3.

Plan your upgrade

ILLiad hosted users should contact their hosted service provider (OCLC or Atlas) to schedule an update.

Self-hosted ILLiad users can run the server updater and then update client workstations.

For more information

Additional details about ILLiad version 8.4 are provided in the ILLiad 8.4 Release Notes and in ILLiad 8.4 documentation available on the Atlas Systems website.

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