DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 13 March 2013—The new OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service, designed to simplify workflows and expand fulfillment options beyond traditional interlibrary loan, is now available for use by libraries in the United States.
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will provide an integrated delivery solution with new and expanded features for libraries. The service will combine discovery and delivery of electronic, digital and print materials within a single interface. It will also support evolving workflow changes in libraries, such as the option to purchase needed items rather than borrow them.
"Efficient resource sharing is at the heart of the OCLC cooperative," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "Since 1979, libraries have used OCLC ILL services to arrange more than 214 million interlibrary loans, involving libraries of all types, from the largest research libraries to the smallest public libraries. Working together, OCLC members have helped to transform modern scholarship. The WorldShare Platform builds on that tradition by taking resource sharing to Webscale."
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan delivers new features that save time and simplify workflows for both library staff and library users, including the ability to: display lender costs from the OCLC Policies Directory; automatically extend the lender string as needed; include a timeframe for responding to a request; simplify access to appropriate editions; and incorporate new ‘buy-it' options.
Lynn Bierma, ILL Operations Coordinator for the Illinois State Library and a beta tester for WorldShare ILL, remarked, "WorldShare ILL makes the leap from a hybrid reference/resource sharing interface to a streamlined, easy-to-use tool created specifically for interlibrary loan staff. The transition was an effortless move for current interlibrary loan staff, and provides a simple interface for new staff to learn."
The new service will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing for libraries with an OCLC Resource Sharing subscription. Following its initial availability in the United States, WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will be released for use in all countries where OCLC's WorldCat Resource Sharing service is used.
"WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will expand the functionality currently included in the WorldCat Resource Sharing service to deliver new features that save time and simplify workflows for both library staff and library users," said Katie Birch, Director, OCLC Delivery Services.
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is built on the OCLC WorldShare Platform, the global, interconnected Web architecture that supports OCLC services and applications. The WorldShare Platform supports new features in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan that require interoperation with other applications, such as the display of lender costs from the OCLC Policies Directory and display of item availability from a library's ILS.
Moving interlibrary loan to the WorldShare Platform will mean that more than 9,000 additional OCLC member libraries will have access to the Platform, where libraries, developers and partners can build and share applications that streamline and enhance library workflows.
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will continue to expand with additional functionality in the coming months as more planned features are released.
All WorldCat Resource Sharing users must complete their transition to the new service by December 31, 2013, when access to WorldCat Resource Sharing ends. While switching to WorldShare, libraries will be able to continue using WorldCat Resource Sharing to help ensure a smoother transition.
Thousands of libraries in more than 40 countries participate in OCLC's global resource sharing network, providing users worldwide with access to resources in member library collections. At its core is the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive database of bibliographic and library ownership information. In 2012, 9.2 million interlibrary loans were arranged among OCLC members through the OCLC Resource Sharing network.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.