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WorldShare Interlibrary Loan release notes, December 2017

Release Date: December 16, 2017

Browser support 

This release was tested with the following browsers:

  • Chrome (latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Internet Explorer 11

Adobe Reader and JavaScript need to be enabled. 

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. This checklist identifies 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 items that might require additional action or follow up by your institution.

Administrative actions

These items require immediate action or decisions.


Following the release, we recommend that you clear your browser's cache before starting to work with WorldShare ILL.

Have you updated addresses in all your borrower and lender Constant Data?  If not, please do so on behalf of all your borrowing and lending partners.  Address labels do not print properly unless the addresses are formatted correctly.
Have there been any changes in your contact information or lending policies?  If so, please make the appropriate updates in Policies Directory.

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Workflow improvements

See complete citation information while selecting lenders 

Prior to this release, a limited amount of citation information such as author, title, and publisher was displayed while you reviewed holdings and created the lender string.  Additional fields are now included to help you more easily compare the volume, issue, and page information for article requests with the holding information provided by lending libraries.

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Save local holdings information with borrowing requests 

Previously, only lending requests included the Local ID field for saving local holdings information.  You can now save local information with borrowing requests.

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Additional details for these workflow improvements are available in the WorldShare ILL documentation:

Pilot feature: Automatically update request after scanning the document 

A number of libraries that use BSCAN or Scannx scanning software are needed to pilot test this scanner integration.  If you are interested in this pilot testing, please contact OCLC Support ( and a member of the Resource Sharing team will get back with you with further instructions.

Today many scanners allow you to scan a file to email, to a file, or to Article Exchange.  With this enhancement, Article Exchange will update the WorldShare ILL request with the URL and password if you have also scanned in the Request ID.  

Bug fixes and known issues

The following issues have been fixed recently:

  • Open Access links showing subscription links (November 28, 2017)
  • Links for Google Books and OCLC Community Center (November 28, 2017)
  • British Library purchase functionality (November 28, 2017)
  • Display of International Lender field in Policies Directory (November 30, 2017)
  • Problems related to library local URL in Service Configuration and customized book straps (December 16, 2017)

Lits of current known issues and recently fixed issues can be found at

Future releases

Roadmap information is available at

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