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Tipasa release notes, September 2023


Release Date: September 10, 2023


This release of Tipasa provides a number of new features and enhancements in addition to several bug fixes. These features will help you manage more complex workflows, including:

Many of these enhancements are the direct result of your feedback.

Recommended actions

For this release, we recommend that you review the following checklists and complete the relevant tasks so that you can adjust your policies and workflows and train your staff. These checklists identify updates that we have determined as significant for most institutions. We encourage you to review all of the items in the release notes to determine whether there are other items that might require additional action or follow up by your institution.

Administrative actions

These items require immediate action or decisions.


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Be sure to utilize Smart fulfillment functionality, including:

Have your contact information or lending policies changed? If so, please make the appropriate updates in the OCLC Policies Directory.

Follow-up actions

In an effort to keep your staff informed of new features and changes, you may also want to consider these items.


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If you haven't already, visit the new OCLC Community Center for new ways to connect with OCLC and other community members.

To make the most of the new community structure: 

  1. Use your existing Community Center account to sign in. Just click “Sign in” in the upper right corner of the screen. All accounts and subscriptions have been migrated, so when you sign in, you will have access to all your existing posts and continue receiving notifications. 
  2. Read and agree to the Code of Conduct and Terms of Use. As part of launch, you will be prompted the first time you sign in to read and agree to the new OCLC Online Engagement Code of Conduct and Terms of Use.
  3. Visit the Tipasa product community and click Manage subscriptions. We recommend that you subscribe to all boards to be notified of updates in all spaces – new options include Events, Recordings, and Ideas. 
  4. Visit the new Resource Sharing knowledge community and click Manage subscriptions. We recommend that you subscribe to all boards in this space also to be notified of updates – including newly scheduled Product Insights sessions and general resource sharing news.

New features and enhancements

Utilize the new streamlined service for circulation integration

Available September 15

With this release, all Tipasa libraries will be able to take advantage of the newly developed and streamlined circulation integration service. WMS, Alma, Millennium, and Sierra are currently supported, and more library systems will be added with upcoming releases. 

If you're already using circulation integration, you don't need to make any changes to your setup and there are no changes to your workflows. However, the circulation integration options now have a different look and feel.

Previously, the setup for WMS was located on a different page than the setup for other library systems, but now, setup for all supported library systems is done on the same page. To access the new page, go to OCLC Service Configuration > WorldShare ILL > Circulation Integration. 

This screenshot shows the options available when WMS is selected.

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If your library is not yet using circulation integration, we encourage you to use this new streamlined configuration to gain the ability to automatically keep your ILL and circulation systems in sync.

For more information, see WorldShare Circulation Integration, Third-party Circulation integration, or check the OCLC Community Center for the Interlibrary Loan Roadmap. 

For libraries with Alma, automatically update due date when lender approves a renewal

Available October 22

Libraries using Alma circulation integration will now have an additional option for circulation integration. We encourage you to enable this new setting for "Update due date upon lender approval of renewal request."

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When this new integration option is selected, the due date will update automatically in the Alma circulation temporary item when the lending library approves a renewal request. The renewal will also be recorded in the circulation history.

If you have specified an offset for the patron due date in OCLC Service Configuration, that offset will be reflected in both the Alma temporary record and My Account. And if you have configured an automatic notification for renewal approvals, and email and/or text will be sent to the patron. 

For more information, see Third-party Circulation integration.

For off-system requests, utilize improvements to Days To Respond and printouts

Previously, the number of Days To Respond for off-system requests was fixed as 8 days for copies and 16 days for loans. Now, the Days To Respond is based on the configuration setting for the partner institution. 

To set the Days To Respond, go to OCLC Service Configuration > WorldShare ILL > Address Book > Partners. Select the number of days you would like the request to remain with the partner institution from the drop-down menu.

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In addition, printouts have been improved for off-system requests. Book straps, stickers, and one-per-page request printouts now include the reference ID for the requester or supplier for the request at the time it is added to the print queue.

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For more information, see Off-System Requesting.

Bug fixes and known issues

For a full list of current and recently fixed issues, see Known issues.

Important links

Post-release session

To help you become familiar with the new features, enhancements, and improvements included in this release, please attend the upcoming webinar Product Insights: Resource Sharing.

Date: Thursday October 26, 2:00pm, Eastern Daylight Time (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC -04:00)

Please note the session time zones when registering. The sessions will be recorded and archived for future viewing on the OCLC Community Center. Please register, even if you cannot attend, to receive a link to the recorded session.

OCLC Resource Sharing Conference web series 

OCLC invites you to view recordings and slides in the community center from the 2023 OCLC Resource Sharing Conference (RSC23) web series. The free, virtual session from RSC23 included:

  • Some changes are here to stay: Managing resource sharing in the 21st century | Recording and slides
  • RSC23 Lightning sessions - Conducting interlibrary loan user surveys and Training student employees on ILL processing | Recording and slides
  • Law, not guidelines: Moving beyond CONTU | Recording and slides
  • Exceed your library users’ expectations with your ILL services | Recording and slides
  • Lightning sessions- Resource sharing: an Italian perspective, Resource share the love, and Resource sharing trends survey | Recording and slides
  • Workshop - Tips to improve staff workflows and users’ experience | Recording and slides

Also, ILL 101 sessions hosted by IDS Project are available at the Online Learning Institute.

Virtual Workshop Series: Learn how to fine-tune your ILL setup

Were you able to join us for all of our 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: 

Support websites

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