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CPS systems enhances URSA

Library Systems Newsletter [January 1999]

CPS Systems has announced the addition of several new options for its Universal Resource Sharing Application (URSA). URSA, introduced in mid-1997, is a resource sharing system that supports fully automated, patron initiated sharing among libraries with different automated library systems.

The major enhancement, known as the Automated Lender Selection Option, uses the circulation information in the local holdings record to determine if the item is on the shelf and has "circulating status." Holdings with positive availability status will be chosen first, thereby improving the odds that a request for an ILL can be filled by the first selected lender. At one time, OCLC reported that, on average, it takes 1.6 requests to obtain a positive response to an ILL request. Other studies suggest that the odds of receiving a positive response are no better than 60:40.

The first URSA system has now been in operation in the North Bay Library Cooperative of California for approximately 18 months. The major reported benefit has been a dramatic reduction in staff time as patrons place their own interlibrary loans, rather than making requests at the reference desk.

CPS Systems is a subsidiary of CPS Systems of Australia.

[Contact; CI'S Systems, Inc., 6053 Hudson Road, Suite 180, Woodbury, MN 55125; telephone 651-731-8993; Web:]

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Publication Year:1999
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 19 Number 01
Issue:January 1999
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Company: CPS Systems
Products: Universal Resource Sharing Application
Subject: Interlibrary loan automation
Resource sharing
Record Number:5863
Last Update:2024-04-09 03:13:12
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00