New, yet familiar
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will expand the functionality currently included in the WorldCat Resource Sharing service. You will find new features that simplify staff workflows and save time for them and your users. The new WorldShare Platform that supports WorldShare Interlibrary Loan enables these new features.
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan brings forward the best of familiar WorldCat Resource Sharing functionality, such as IFM, constant data, deflection, Article Exchange and the reports you currently use. You’ll build on what you already know how to do, making your transition to the new service easier than you may expect.
The workflow automation improvements include:
- Display of lending cost from the OCLC Policies Directory to speed selection of appropriate lenders.
- Automatic extension of the lender string as needed.
- No need for borrowing staff to manually manage “enter my symbol twice” (EMST) lenders. Lending libraries can determine and broadcast the timeframe for responding to a request.
- New, alternative “buy-it” options and workflows to facilitate timely purchase of needed items instead of interlibrary loan requests.
- Display of item availability and shelf status. WorldCat Local libraries will reduce requests for items not available for loan, due to interoperability with their ILS for access to item availability and shelf status information.
The new service will display item availability and shelf status from interoperable ILSs of libraries with WorldCat Local to help your staff reduce the number of requests for items that are not available for loan. Interoperability with your library's ILS will also enable the dynamic creation of lender settings based on item availability.
Your staff will also benefit from new expert/staff functionality now in development for the new user experience for the OCLC FirstSearch service. OCLC is consulting with an advisory group of member libraries on the development of this functionality, now in beta testing. Once this new functionality is fully released in 2013, FirstSearch users will have a full year to move their public WorldCat searching from the FirstSearch interface to the new user experience.
Even easier for library users
Meanwhile, your library users will gain a familiar, easy-to-use interface that offers a single access point to all types of library resources. The new interface will make interlibrary loan requests an easy task for your users—as easy as searching your library’s catalog for electronic, digital and print resources.