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Tipasa digest, 2021


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.

2021 highlights

Highlight Resource


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)





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 




Optimize resource sharing with ILL Direct Transfer and ILL APIs




Update your knowledge and skills with community events and training sessions



*Hear from your Resource Sharing community colleagues!

Full digest of new features and enhancements

Utilize local date formatting

Enhancement Release date
Utilize local date formats in notifications December 2021

Note COVID-19-related changes

Enhancement Release date
Utilize more time to process RapidILL requests February 2021
Aging period extended for problem statuses February 2021

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: 

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

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

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

John Raymond, Siena College
Diana Hurlburt, Siena College
Peter Bae, Princeton University

Peter Collins, OCLC
Cathy King, OCLC
Stephanie Spires, Atlas Systems (ILLiad)

Product Insights: Resource Sharing

For overviews of 2021 features and enhancements, review the recorded 1-hour webinars for Product Insights: Resource Sharing.

Important links

OCLC Community Center

The community pages provide DiscussionsNews, 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.


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

Were you able to join us for the Virtual Workshops where we showed how you can optimize your library’s ILL setup and workflows – and save time?

The series included the following topics: 

OCLC Support sites

Support information for this product and related products can be found at: