Connect your users to the collections of thousands of libraries through the largest interlibrary loan network in the world.
WorldShare™ Interlibrary Loan
Integrated discovery and delivery of electronic, digital and print materials within a single interface
OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is a new service that will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing as part of your existing resource sharing subscription in 2013. The service centralizes workflows now managed in multiple systems, and provides new functionality that speeds fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests and saves time for your staff and users. During 2013 and beyond, OCLC will expand WorldShare Interlibrary Loan with new functionality. The service will be available to libraries in the Asia Pacific region in June 2013. Additional functionality will continue to be added to the service on an ongoing basis.
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will go beyond traditional interlibrary loan to provide a truly integrated delivery solution. It will integrate discovery and delivery of electronic, digital and print materials within a single interface. It will also support evolving workflow changes, such as the option to purchase needed items rather than borrow them.
The OCLC WorldShare Platform supports new features in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan that require interoperation with other applications, such as the display of lender costs from the Policies Directory and display of item availability from your library's integrated library system.
With the migration from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, OCLC will transform traditional interlibrary loan into a much broader fulfillment service with associated workflows. In the new service, interlibrary loan will be one of any number of fulfillment options your library may select according to the needs of your users and your library policies.
Provide local users with access to global library content
More than 10,000 libraries worldwide use OCLC's resource sharing network to lend and borrow resources. Together, they effectively create a shared, global library collection for the benefit of all their users.
Increase ILL efficiency through workflow automation
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan automates ILL workflows to save time for library staff, resulting in timely delivery of items to the people who need them. Integration of many ILL activities reduces the time spent on manual processes related to selecting lenders, linking to library OPACs, managing lending fees and more.
Connect your users to the full text they expect
Quickly get users to electronic resources and print materials in your collections and the collections of other ILL libraries. Integration with the WorldCat knowledge base can reduce turnaround on article requests from days to hours and saves time for your staff. Easy identification of freely available, open-access resources helps conserve your ILL budget.
Lend documents quickly and securely
Document delivery through Article Exchange is built into WorldShare ILL and ILLiad® workflows, saving time for staff and library users. Lending libraries worldwide can upload requested documents so that users can retrieve articles or book chapters obtained for them via interlibrary loan. Integration with the WorldCat knowledge base provides visibility for electronic resource holdings, enabling simplified sharing of electronic articles.
Make more informed decisions
Built-in, detailed statistical reports help inform plans for your library's services.
A WorldShare of Opportunity: Using the Change to Make Real Change
At Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jennifer Grey viewed the transition to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan as an opportunity to update all of the library's ILL processes. Jennifer shares best practices for adopting WorldShare Interlibrary loan and shares tips for instituting ILL workflow changes.
WorldShare ILL at the Mid-Continent Public Library
Karen Wickwire talks about her use of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan at the Mid-Continent Public Library.
Watch this space for upcoming WorldShare Interlibrary Loan events.
Past and recorded events
12 August 2014
12 June 2014
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