There are a few things you can do to prepare for your use of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan.
Learn more in a training course: Introduction to WorldShare ILL
Use the Message Board located below the Quick Links section on the WorldShare ILL home page to find information about scheduled system maintenance, training opportunities, ILL-related webinars, and other information about the ILL system.
Use the browser compatibility chart to ensure your systems are up to date and can support WorldShare Interlibrary Loan.
OCLC Policies Directory
Add or update your records in the OCLC Policies Directory. The OCLC Policies Directory allows you to:
- Communicate to other libraries your library’s schedules, contacts, and collections, as well as lending and copying policies.
- Automatically deflect some lending requests based on criteria your library specifies.
Once logged in, on the home screen under Quick Links, click OCLC Policies Directory.
For more information, see OCLC Policies Directory. For training related to the OCLC Policies Directory, see:
- Establishing Policies in OCLC Policies Directory
- Basics of deflections
- Fine-tune your Policies and Deflections: A workshop
- Requires Community Center login.
OCLC Service Configuration
Administrative settings for WorldShare Interlibrary Loan are maintained in OCLC Service Configuration. On the home screen, under Quick Links, click OCLC Service Configuration to go to Service Configuration. For more information on these settings, see OCLC Service Configuration settings.
|Constant data (borrower and lender data)
|Store frequently-used data (such as address information) and apply it to requests.
|Custom Holdings groups and paths
|Automatically build lender strings (libraries to which your borrowing request will be sent) based on your preferred lenders.
|Automated Request Manager
|Automate the processing of new borrowing requests.
Automations and Smart fulfillment
Increase the speed of delivery of materials based on policy data, lending history, licensing agreements, format preferences, and more.
Automations allow library staff to configure automated ILL workflows. Automations are composed of match criteria you define along with actions you want the system to perform on matched requests. This automated process selects the fastest lenders to get resources into the hands of users quickly.
Add your logo to book straps. See Print for more information.
For training related to printing, see:
Find information about additional WorldShare ILL features that you and your staff may want to learn more about as you begin.
Efficiently process new requests from your library’s patrons.
Efficiently process lending requests from other libraries.
Interlibrary Loan Fee Management (IFM)
Allows libraries to reconcile resource-sharing charges and payments with other libraries through their monthly OCLC invoice.
Track metrics, spot trends, and monitor your library’s WorldShare ILL usage