On May15, OCLC added several enhancements to the WorldCat Resource Sharing service. Enhancements include splitting the PENDING and IN PROCESS categories by Copy or Loan designation, a new ALERT field and category and an easier way to email ILL requests to non-WorldCat Resource Sharing libraries.
The following new features are now included in OCLC Resource Sharing subscriptions at no additional charge to subscribers:
ALERT field and category
A new ALERT field is now included in the interlibrary loan lender form and an ALERT category is included in the WorldCat Resource Sharing Request Manager. A lending library can use the new field to “alert” a borrowing library to issues with a request, such as incomplete or incorrect information in a citation.
When short-term access to MyiLibrary e-books is released, the ALERT field will include the link to a requested e-book on the MyiLibrary website.
PENDING and IN PROCESS categories split to Copy or Loan designation
Lending libraries can now more easily manage their workflows by the format of requested items. The WorldCat Resource Sharing Request Manager groups incoming requests into two categories:
- Copy: For article requests
- Loan: For book-based requests
The Copy or Loan designation will remain with requests when they are updated to the IN PROCESS status.
Email an ILL request to non-WorldCat Resource Sharing libraries
A new feature helps you place requests for hard-to-find items owned only by libraries that are not suppliers through the WorldCat Resource Sharing service. When you know a nonsupplier will accept an e-mail request, you can now send an e-mail request that contains full bibliographic information from within WorldCat Resource Sharing. Your staff enters the e-mail address of the potential lender and your library's interlibrary loan e-mail address.
Email request form
Coming soon: Short-term access to MyiLibrary e-books
The short-term access to e-books from Ingram's MyiLibrary e-books through WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad announced in April will be released soon. When available, the new service option will expand access to library content already available through OCLC's resource sharing services to include access to e-books from Ingram's MyiLibrary e-book collection for a period of up to nine days. E-book loans will be fee-based, set at 15 percent of the MyiLibrary price for access to each e-book. The fee will be managed through the WorldCat Resource Sharing interlibrary Fee Management feature that supports payment of resource sharing fees through the library's OCLC invoice.