DevConnect 2021: Optimizing digital resource sharing workflows with OCLC APIs
This session will give an overview of Minitex's resource sharing system and walk through the lifecycle of an interlibrary loan request. It will also highlight how they make use of OCLC APIs within that lifecycle.
Minitex’s Resource Sharing unit manages hundreds of thousands of borrowing and lending interlibrary loan requests across several ILL platforms every year. Over the last 6 years, we have developed a request management system to help digitally manage these requests and optimize our Resource Sharing workflows. This system proved critical over the last year, as it allowed us to keep operating remotely during the pandemic. This session will give an overview of that system and walk through the lifecycle of an interlibrary loan request. It will also highlight how we make use of OCLC APIs within that lifecycle. The WorldCat Search API allows us to automatically enhance the metadata of requests we receive and locate potential lenders within our partner libraries. The Article Exchange API has also enabled us to electronically deliver digital materials directly from our system.
- Matt Niehoff, Minitex
This session was part of OCLC's DevConnect 2021 program. Learn more about DevConnect 2021.