DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct. 16, 2000--OCLC has finalized its agreement with Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties and Atlas Systems to license and distribute ILLiad software, a leading interlibrary loan management tool that automates routine interlibrary loan functions and provides sophisticated tracking statistics to library staff. The software will be licensed and distributed by OCLC under the name OCLC ILLiad Resource Sharing Management Software.
OCLC, working with its affiliated U.S. regional networks and international distributors, will be the sole licensor of OCLC ILLiad software. Atlas Systems will continue to develop and support the software.
OCLC ILLiad software is a comprehensive interlibrary loan management system that automates routine borrowing and lending functions within a library's interlibrary loan department. OCLC ILLiad also provides a web interface that empowers library end users to submit ILL requests and allows them to track the status of their requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without library staff intervention. OCLC ILLiad software includes interfaces to the OCLC ILL service, the National Library of Medicine's DOCLINE service and RLG's RLIN ILL service.
"This agreement marks a new chapter in the development of the ILLiad program," said Jason Glover, president of Atlas Systems. "Our two organizations will bring together an ILL management system that will allow libraries to provide their end users with the best ILL service available. It is a win-win-win situation for Atlas, OCLC and most importantly the library community."
"OCLC ILL users requested a comprehensive ILL Management utility, and OCLC is happy to be able to provide this powerful management tool through a relationship with Atlas Systems," said Frank Hermes, vice president, OCLC Marketing and Planning. "OCLC ILLiad will provide ILL departments worldwide with superior ILL management functionality."
Mr. Hermes said OCLC and Atlas Systems will work together to make OCLC ILLiad software ISO ILL compliant.
"We're looking forward to the installation of ILLiad here at Princeton," said Susanne McNatt, Interlibrary Services Librarian, Princeton University Libraries. "The potential for merging all streams of borrowing and lending activity is a strong selling point for us. We believe patrons will be pleased with the user interface, and we are certain that the functionality on the staff side will enable us to streamline request processing."
Betsy Wilson, associate director of libraries for Research and Instructional Services, University of Washington, said, "We chose ILLiad because it is an easy, cost-effective way to automate key ILL and document delivery functions while leveraging scarce staff resources. ILLiad will speed our ILL turnaround times, enlarge our capacity to handle increased volume, and increase user satisfaction."
Libraries interested in ordering OCLC ILLiad software should contact their regional network, service center, international division or distributor. More information is at www.illiad.oclc.org.
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc. (VTIP) works to identify, develop, protect and market discoveries resulting from research by Virginia Tech faculty, staff and students. ILLiad was created in the Interlibrary Loan Office at Virginia Tech.
Atlas Systems, Inc. provides service and support for the OCLC ILLiad system. Founded in 1996, Atlas Systems also provides computer hardware and software consulting services.
The OCLC Interlibrary Loan service came online in 1979. In the 1999/00 fiscal year, nearly 6,600 libraries arranged over 8.6 million loans through the system. OCLC offers a number of products and services that support ILL, including the OCLC ILL Direct Request service that allows library users to enter ILL requests with little or no staff intervention.