DUBLIN, Ohio -- May 15 2009. OCLC is working with IDS Project staff, creators of the Article Licensing Availability Service (ALIAS), and Atlas Systems staff, creators of ILLiad and Odyssey resource sharing management systems, to use holdings data and license management tools to develop an integrated resource sharing solution for serials in any format.
By combining data from WorldCat, and querying OCLC and third-party knowledgebases and electronic rights management data to determine lenders, OCLC delivery services will offer automated processing for fulfillment of non-returnable materials. This makes it possible to streamline resource sharing workflow for copy requests with a particular emphasis on requests for electronic resources. At the present time, this process is labor-intensive.
The OCLC network-level delivery solution is intended to significantly improve the effective use of journal articles in libraries.
This solution is an effort to transform the IDS Project’s Article Licensing Information Availability Service (ALIAS) from a local, unmediated article service to a network-level solution serving more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. OCLC development staff will build the network-level service based on requirements gathered by OCLC product staff in concert with partner consortia, IDS Project and Atlas Systems staff. OCLC will provide WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad libraries with the use of this network-level service at no additional charge.
"As libraries continue to face tightening budgets, resource sharing becomes an increasingly important service," said Ed Rivenburgh, Director, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo and IDS Project Director. "The IDS Project is committed to providing improvements to the entire resource sharing community through the ongoing development of innovative tools and promotion of best practices. The effort we’re undertaking with OCLC, Atlas Systems and other partners is designed to pull together the tools we are already using for other tasks, and combine them to develop unmediated resource sharing workflows, and increase the use of e-serials in libraries."
A 2008 recipient of the Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Award, the IDS Project is a mutually supportive resource-sharing cooperative within New York State whose members include public and private academic libraries, the New York Public Library, and the New York State Library
"We’re excited to be working with the team at SUNY Geneseo on this innovative project that will bring together knowledgebase data as well as license management information into a streamlined workflow," said Katie Birch, Portfolio Manager, OCLC Delivery Services. "Our goal is to offer significant efficiency gains for staff using OCLC delivery services request management tools such as WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad."
For more information on this particular project, contact staff via e-mail at OCLCIDSProject@oclc.org.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 71,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials. Search WorldCat.org on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.
About Atlas Systems, Inc.
Atlas Systems, Inc. is a software development company headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia dedicated to serving libraries. Founded in July 1995 with the mission of "promoting library excellence through efficiency," Atlas is best known for creating the ILLiad interlibrary loan management system now exclusively distributed by OCLC and used by more than 1,000 libraries worldwide. Focused on bringing the benefits of automation to library processes that have not been addressed by other software services, Atlas has introduced Ares, an electronic reserves solution, and Aeon, an online request and workflow management system specifically designed for special collections libraries and archives. For more information, visit www.atlas-sys.com/.