OCLC has released a number of enhancements to the WorldCat Resource Sharing service, in response to user requests and in preparation for the upcoming transition to the new OCLC WorldShare™ Interlibrary Loan Service.
Link to WorldCat Resource Sharing news
A link to WorldCat Resource Sharing news is now included on all pages of the WorldCat Resource Sharing service. This gives you easy access to information about recent and upcoming enhancements to the service as well as announcements of upcoming webinars.
Deflection by ILL license terms
OCLC libraries that have loaded their e-content holdings into the WorldCat knowledge base and activated the link to WorldCat Resource Sharing can now deflect lending requests for items with ILL license terms that do not allow loans.
"Future date" option discontinued
In preparation for functionality within the new OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service, we have removed the "Future Date" option from WorldCat Resource Sharing. Lenders may continue to respond with "Yes," "No" or "Conditional."
Electronic Delivery Options settings in WorldCat Services administrative module
A new option in the Electronic Delivery Options section of the WorldCat Services administrative module enables library staff to indicate methods other than Ariel, Odyssey, Skype, Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger through which they wish to receive electronic files. The new "Other" entry can be used for additional electronic delivery methods such as OCLC's new Article Exchange document-sharing site.
New "lost" status
You can now update ILL requests in the categories "Overdue," "Renewal," or "Recalled" to a problem status of "Lost"
Increased number of Direct Request book records retrieved for ISBN search
Direct Request for books will now search and select the appropriate bibliographic record from up to 25 records returned on the ISBN search. The previous limit was five records. This should improve the number of Direct Requests for books that are actually processed by the service.
Addition to "Reason for No" monthly report for Conditional responses
When a borrowing library cancels a request in a Conditional status, the "Reason for No" monthly report will provide the text, "Cancelled by Borrower."
E-mail from anywhere via ISO ILL
Libraries that are configured as ISO ILL can now e-mail ILL requests from any status in the interlibrary loan process.
Web services updates
OCLC has updated the Web services used by our partners to communicate with WorldCat Resource Sharing. These partners include CLIO, RapidILL, Relais and others. The version 1.6 Web service supports all of the changes made to WorldCat Resource Sharing outlined above. OCLC has also updated the Web service used by our partner, Atlas Systems, the developers of ILLiad.