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WorldCat Resource Sharing Enhancements: Deflection and statistics to inform lending relationships

Two new WorldCat Resource Sharing tools will help you increase the efficiency of your interlibrary loan operation.

Deflection by custom holdings groups continues OCLC's work to automate interlibrary processes in order to save time for your library's interlibrary loan staff. In addition, a reciprocity calculator will let you use interlibrary loan activity statistics to inform your borrowing and lending agreements with other libraries.

Deflection by customholdings groups—Available now

You may now set deflection options based on custom holdings groups to ensure that only the most appropriate interlibrary loan requests reach your library. With the new deflection option, your staff can save time by deflecting requests from members of custom holdings groups to ensure that some requests (those that exceed your maximum cost or do not include libraries with which you prefer to lend) do not reach your library. For example, you may choose to deflect requests from a group of libraries you have identified that charge for loans. You may also indicate that a specific custom holdings group is excluded from a deflection.

To add custom holdings groups to your deflection settings, just update your library's profile in the OCLC Policies Directory.

Reciprocity calculator—coming soon

WorldCat Resource Sharing statistics can soon be used to create reports of your library's borrowing and lending activity with libraries of your choice. These reports will provide data you can use to manage your interlibrary loan partnerships, such as reciprocal borrowing agreements.

The sample report below illustrates the types of statistics you will see in the new reports. You may create reports for up to 5 years of interlibrary loan activity.

Sample Reciprocity Report

To create reciprocity reports for your library, log on to OCLC Statistics and select the Assessment tools category.

Learn more

Please join us at the upcoming webinars:

What's New withWorldCat Resource Sharing

Tony Melvyn, WorldCat Resource Sharing Product Manager, will provide an overview of deflection by custom holdings groups and the reciprocity calculator, and provide tips for using them.
Date: February 22,2011
Time: 1:00 p.m.Eastern time

WorldCat ResourceSharing Best Practices Webinar: Deflection

Jennifer Block, Interlibrary Services/Document Delivery Librarian at Princeton University, will share her tips for successful use of thedeflection feature of WorldCat Resource Sharing. Jennifer's presentation will include an overview of how deflection is used at Princeton and how Princetoninterlibrary loan staff have adapted their use of the feature based on their experiences.The session will also include time for participants to ask questions or sharetheir own advice about successful use of this feature.

Date: March 2
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

The Shortest DistanceBetween Two Clicks: From User to Article in No Time Flat

Learnabout the new WorldCat knowledge base that simplifies the way libraries share electronic resources, such as journalarticles and e-books. The result is time savings for your library staff andfaster access to electronic resources for the people who need them.

This enhancement is available to all WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad subscribers at no additional charge.

February 17

March 16