December 2021 digest
The year 2021 was filled with challenges and change, as we continued to adjust to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With your ideas and feedback, we introduced new features and enhancements to help you better manage your ILL workflows. And, virtual events provided a way for ILL community members to stay connected and share information.
Save staff time and get resources to library users even faster with smart fulfillment functionality—available across all OCLC resource sharing services (WorldShare ILL, Tipasa, and ILLiad)
OCLC NEXT BLOG
Ensure you don't receive requests for serial years or volumes not held by your library with up-to-date local holdings records (LHRs) and WorldCat knowledge base collections
STANDARDS AND APIs
Optimize resource sharing with ILL Direct Transfer and ILL APIs
Update your knowledge and skills with community events and training sessions
ONLINE TRAINING, VIDEOS, AND TUTORIALS
*Hear from your Resource Sharing community colleagues!
Full digest of new features and enhancements
Automate and improve workflow efficiencies
Better manage e-resources
|More efficiently borrow print serials with automated consideration of Local Holdings Records||February 2021|
|Customize Article Exchange settings to better reflect your library's policies and the copyright policies in your country||October 2021|
Utilize local date formatting
|Utilize local date formats in notifications||December 2021|
Note COVID-19-related changes
|Utilize more time to process RapidILL requests||February 2021|
|Aging period extended for problem statuses||February 2021|
Enhance library users' experience
For the full list of updates, see 2021 My Account release notes.
Additional event recordings
Tipasa community meeting
Tipasa community members gathered for a virtual meeting in October 2021 to share tips and experiences.
To access the recording and slides, see the Tipasa community meeting event page. A community resources list that includes best practices, tips, and support resources is also available.
Smart fulfillment office hour
OCLC product experts offered and office hour session in December 2021 for helping your library make the most of smart fulfillment.
See Tipasa office hours: Smart fulfillment to access the recording and slides from this Q&A session on automated request manager, smart lender strings, real-time availability, and the knowledge base integration, as well as how to use statistics to monitor progress.
OCLC Resource Sharing Conference (RSC21) web series
OCLC invites you to revisit the sessions of the OCLC Resource Sharing Conference 2021 Web Series. This unique series offers an opportunity to learn about the latest resource sharing advancements. You’ll also learn how to improve your operational efficiency, save time, and elevate user services.
Recordings and slides are available at the links below for all six sessions:
- Page, scan, send, re-shelve: A mobile scanning station for ILL electronic document delivery service (March 30, 2021)
Xuan (Lily) Pang, Director of Access and Resource Sharing, University of Florida
Lara J. Beserock, Library Assistant III, University of Florida
Ashley Monahan, Interlibrary Loan Assistant, University of Florida
- ILL and the Pandemic: Learning from the unexpected (April 28, 2021)
Anna Vaglio, Bocconi University
Mattia Fortunati, Bocconi University
Agnese Riva, Bocconi University
Petra Otten, Wageningen University & Research Library
Dicky van Donselaar, Wageningen University & Research Library
- Renewing library resource sharing in challenging times: Collaborating to meet library user needs and demonstrating the value of ILL services (May 12, 2021)
Bethany Sewell, The College of New Jersey
Katie Cohen, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Meg Massey, The Pennsylvania State University
Phoebe Walker, New York University
Lapis David Cohen, University of Pennsylvania
Beth Posner, The Graduate Center, CUNY
J. Silvia Cho, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Ashli Wells, Vanderbilt University Massey Law Library
Robyn Weisman, Vanderbilt University Heard Libraries
Marta Ambroziak, New York Medical College
Brynne Norton, University of Maryland College Park
Lorraine Woods, University of Maryland College Park
- Controlled digital lending in two private academic libraries (June 10, 2021)
John Raymond, Siena College
Diana Hurlburt, Siena College
Peter Bae, Princeton University
- A look at ILL into the future: An updated on your ILL services (June 15, 2021)
Peter Collins, OCLC
Cathy King, OCLC
Stephanie Spires, Atlas Systems (ILLiad)
OCLC Community Center
The community pages provide Discussions, News, and Events for the Tipasa community, as well as regular updates on and outcomes from product research activities coordinated by the OCLC Resource Sharing Product Team.
OCLC Research: SHARES
As institutions evolve toward a notion of “collective collections,” resource sharing partnerships that expand access to collections are of primary importance. SHARES, the resource sharing consortium of the OCLC Research Library Partnership, unites trusted partners that provide low-cost access to their diverse collections. SHARES also supports resource sharing innovation and best practices.
For the latest activities, see SHARES.
Virtual Workshop Series: Learn how to fine-tune your ILL setup
The series included the following topics:
- Part 1: Fine-tune your policies and deflections (recording, slides, and checklist available)
- Part 2: Construct your custom holdings (recording, slides, and checklist available)
- Part 3: Automate your request process (recording, slides, and checklist available)
- Part 4: Curate and care for your constant data (recording, slides, and checklist available)
- Part 5: Make your usage statistics count (recording, slides, and checklist available)