DUBLIN, Ohio, January 8, 2015. OCLC and the British Library now offer a new option for fast, flexible purchase from the British Library Document Supply Service that enables library staff to confirm the availability of required documents before placing an order, and provides a wide range of choices for delivery and price.
Rather than sending OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan requests without knowing whether the British Library can supply the required items, the new option makes clear whether an item is held in advance of ordering—and also whether a digital delivery option is available that will reduce delivery times to as little as several minutes.
The new purchase option also simplifies library procedures related to copyright compliance and document fee payments. All document fees include copyright payments, so purchasing libraries do not need to take additional steps to ensure copyright compliance. In addition, libraries may continue to use OCLC's Interlibrary Loan Fee Management (IFM) service to pay for their purchases. IFM reconciles resource sharing charges and payments through a library's monthly OCLC invoice to eliminate invoices and check writing for individual transactions.
Libraries with existing British Library accounts will continue to receive the differential pricing that accompanies their accounts.
"OCLC's partnership with the British Library makes it possible for WorldShare ILL libraries to quickly determine if documents are available, and have them delivered to users—sometimes within minutes," said Katie Birch, OCLC Portfolio Director, Global Product Management. "These expanded options for interlibrary loan and document delivery will save library staff time and effort, and will deliver greater value for library users."
Users of the ILLiad resource sharing service may also benefit from the new purchase workflow through the use of an ILLiad add-on available at http://oc.lc/bladdon.
Details about how to purchase British Library Document Supply Service (BLDSS) documents from WorldShare ILL are provided in the reference guide.
Users can contact BLDSS directly with questions about service at email@example.com, and can contact OCLC Customer Support in your region for assistance with OCLC ILL services.
About The British Library
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