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Streamline consortial resource sharing workflows and accelerate delivery

Photo illustration: The resource sharing workflow for groups
Photo illustration: Request screen, library patrons benefit from resource sharing

OCLC Resource Sharing for Groups is a modern consortial borrowing solution that expedites delivery for library users. Participating libraries have all the tools needed to easily lend and borrow resources from group members. If a request can't be filled within the group, there’s the option to send it to regional partners or to our massive, global interlibrary loan (ILL) network. There’s also fast, predictable delivery based on local policies, group profiles, available resources, library relationships, and user needs—with everything managed in one place.

“The transition to Resource Sharing for Groups was seamless for our patrons and has helped streamline processes behind the scenes for our staff. Its flexibility has allowed us to customize it to meet the needs of our campus, as well as our staff.”

Emily Campbell
Director of Document Delivery, University of Michigan Library

Illustration: Library users enjoying fast e-delivery and one-stop tracking

Provide exceptional experiences for library users

Using the discovery service of your choice, including WorldCat® Discovery, your library users can search a collective collection group view. They’ll experience improved fill rates and turnaround times, including fast delivery of e-resources. They’ll also see a view of estimated arrival times, delivery options, and status tracking.

Optimize workflows for library staff

Automation and smart fulfillment provide workflow efficiencies and reduce manual intervention. These streamlined processes, customized for your group, send requests to the fastest supplier so library users get what they need quickly.

Illustration: Library users get resources they want quickly
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Build on current services

This solution is provider-neutral and integrates with most discovery services and library management systems. And WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan, Tipasa®, and ILLiad® form a familiar foundation, so libraries currently using these services don’t need lengthy implementations or additional training.

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“The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) has been a great development partner for OCLC's Resource Sharing for Groups. We worked together to overcome the complexities of resource sharing among these large academic institutions, located in different regions and that work with a variety of groups and consortia, to establish a model that works for the broader library community.”

Mary Sauer-Games
OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management

Fast delivery through data analytics

  • Customize load balancing to improve turnaround times
  • Deliver electronic documents directly without staff mediation using Article Exchange
  • Improve in-group fulfillment with enhanced requestability
  • Receive requests only for items on the shelf and able to be supplied with real-time availability

A standards- and cloud-based system with choice and flexibility

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  • Enable staff to work from anywhere
  • Eliminate duplication of work through integration with your library’s circulation module
  • Integrate with other services and systems with a standards-based system (including NCIP, ISO 18626, Z39.50, and OpenURL)
  • Customize or extend library workflows with APIs

Accelerate delivery across your group

Contact us to see how this solution can be customized to meet your group’s goals.

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Service availability

  • Available in Canada and the United States

Support & training resources

Resource Sharing for Groups documentation

Upcoming events

Watch this space for upcoming Resource Sharing events.

On-demand events

Watch this space for on-demand Resource Sharing events.

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