DUBLIN, Ohio, Aug. 2, 1994--OCLC is now offering a service that streamlines the interlibrary loan process by moving loan requests from libraries' local systems to the OCLC PRISM ILL system.
The OCLC ILL PRISM Transfer (IPT) service provides a means to upload locally created interlibrary loan requests through the Internet for transfer to the institution's PRISM ILL review file. By moving the local requests directly into the PRISM system, library staff will no longer be required to re-key information from their local system to the PRISM system.
"OCLC has always sought to improve the productivity of libraries by automating as many functions as possible," said Tony Melvyn, OCLC senior product support specialist. "The IPT service will save library staff valuable time and resources."
For some time, many libraries have been using local e-mail requesting components which allow patrons to make interlibrary loan requests electronically on online public access catalogs. The electronic requests are more accurate and more legible than hand-written notes and have made it easier for library staff to process. But once an electronic interlibrary loan request was received, library staff had to print the request and re-key the information into the OCLC PRISM ILL system.
OCLC worked with several libraries to develop and test a service that would eliminate the need to re-key information in the interlibrary loan process. The result of that work, the IPT service, provides libraries and local system vendors with detailed information on how to convert their local interlibrary loan requests to a format and structure that can be transferred to OCLC through the Internet and then loaded into their local PRISM ILL Review file. Once requests have been electronically transferred, interlibrary loan staff can search OCLC for potential lenders, complete the interlibrary loan review record, and send it out to be filled on the PRISM ILL system.
More information on the ILL PRISM Transfer service is available from OCLC-affiliated regional networks.
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