OCLC introduces 'Tipasa' interlibrary loan management system

Eight libraries already live with new cloud-based ILL management system that features robust end-user interface, text notifications, responsive design

DUBLIN, Ohio, 17 January 2017—OCLC introduces Tipasa™, the first cloud-based interlibrary loan management system that automates routine borrowing and lending functions for individual libraries. The new Tipasa system is built on the OCLC WorldShare technology platform and takes advantage of the world's largest resource sharing network.

"Tipasa is an exciting addition to our expanding list of cloud-based services that continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users," said Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President, Product Management. "We're grateful to the ILL community for their tremendous support and engagement in Tipasa's development over the last nine months. Since we announced this project in March, the response and input from the community has been invaluable to our development efforts. We would not have been able to launch this system so quickly without the community's support and involvement."

Tipasa reimagines features and functionality of the Windows-based ILLiad service, and moves them to the cloud. Because updates and enhancements happen automatically in a cloud-based system, Tipasa requires only limited IT resources. The simple interface is easy to use, making it easy to train staff, volunteers and student assistants.

Libraries have the option to create unmediated processes to move requests to lending libraries and then to the user—anywhere, anytime, on any device—without requiring manual approval. Library users can receive customized email and text notifications, and they can access content as soon as it becomes available.

Tipasa complements a growing list of OCLC resource sharing solutions. OCLC's WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides core interlibrary loan services to thousands of libraries around the world. WorldShare ILL and Tipasa are built on the WorldShare technology platform. OCLC also announced today an agreement to acquire Relais International, the leader in consortial borrowing. Together, these systems and services deliver a comprehensive set of resource sharing solutions for libraries around the world.

OCLC shared its plans to begin the Tipasa project in March 2016. Current ILLiad users will be able to move to Tipasa over time. To date, more than 50 libraries have committed to the first phase of the early-adopter program to implement Tipasa, and eight libraries are currently using the system.

"Having a cloud-based system is really beneficial," said Jillian Maruskin, Public Services Librarian & Interlibrary Loan Manager, Ohio Wesleyan University, an early-adopter library. "I do a lot of different jobs in the library, so to be able to have the flexibility is something I've been waiting for."

Learn more about Tipasa at the OCLC Resource Sharing User Group Meeting during the ALA Midwinter meeting in Atlanta on Sunday, January 22, at 4 p.m. in the Georgia World Congress Center, Room A410.

There will be more discussion about Tipasa during the 2017 OCLC Resource Sharing Conference, March 14-16, at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

About OCLC

OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

OCLC, Tipasa, WorldCat, WorldCat.org, WorldShare ILL and WorldShare are trademarks and/or service marks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Third-party product, service and business names are trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners.


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