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WorldShare Interlibrary Loan release notes, February 2024


Release Date: February 18, 2024


This release of WorldShare ILL provides new features and enhancements that will help you manage more complex workflows, including:

The 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.


For best performance, it's very important to clear your browser's cache before starting to work with WorldShare ILL.

Be sure to offer the new OpenURL-based WorldShare ILL request form for your library's users! It allow you to:

  • Configure and customize the elements of the form to meet your library's needs 
  • Utilize OCLC/WMS identity management or IP authorization
  • Provide access to the form from any discovery service or database
  • Receive and process requests in WorldShare ILL without having to rekey them - the bibliographic data is prefilled
  • Automatically route requests submitted via the form to the automated request manager (ARM)

For more information, see the WorldShare ILL release notes, May 2023.

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.


Share these release notes with your colleagues.

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 WorldShare ILL 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

Take advantage of improved bibliographic matching to fill requests more quickly and save staff time 

The next several releases will include a series of updates to improve bibliographic matching, save staff time, and speed fulfillment for your library's users. 

What is bibliographic matching and why is it important?

Bibliographic matching helps ensure that the library user receives the item they're expecting. When a user's request includes only partial bibliographic information, the system uses the information that is provided (e.g., ISSN, title) and then applies a series of rules to identify an item that is cataloged completely and correctly in WorldCat, is widely held by libraries, and closely matches the item the user requested. Once it identifies the best item, the system automatically adds or updates bibliographic information in the request, saving staff time.

When does bibliographic matching occur?

Bibliographic matching occurs when a request is submitted via FirstSearch or the WorldShare ILL request form, or when a request is sent manually through automation. Bibliographic matching does not occur when ILL staff manually create a request in the WorldShare ILL staff interface, unless the request is then sent manually through automation.

For ILLiad, bibliographic matching occurs only when a request is sent through Direct Request, either manually or by use of a routing rule.

For ILL request transfer, bibliographic matching occurs when the request is transferred to WorldShare ILL. To learn more about ILL request transfer, visit

What changed with the February release?

We have streamlined and simplified the bibliographic matching rules to ensure better and more predicable selection of the best WorldCat record. Some outdated rules were removed, and the remaining rules primarily focus on determining the most widely held item and confirming the selection with a title match.

How does bibliographic matching work today?

Bibliographic matching requires at least one standard number, that is, an ISSN/ISBN or OCLC number.

  • If an ISSN is included, the system uses it to identify the best WorldCat record.
  • If an ISSN is not included, the system looks for an OCLC number. If an OCLC number is present, the system uses it to identify the best record.
  • If no ISSN or OCLC number is included, then the system looks for an ISBN. If an ISBN is present, the system uses it to identify the best record.
  • If no ISSN/ISBN or OCLC number is included, then the system sends the request to staff review.

When an ISSN is provided, a title matching check of 30% is required. For example, a value like "J Clin Psych" would be a match for Journal of Clinical Psychology but not for Journal of Business Economics.

What do I need to do?

The improved bibliographic matching occurs automatically, so you don't need to do anything to start taking advantage of it. You may notice some changes with the matching, and more often the most widely held item will be selected.

For more information, see Automated Request Manager: Standard Actions for Borrowing.

Utilize License Manager enhancements to specify and view more accurate ILL license terms 

WorldShare ILL can now take advantage of title-level licensing, which was recently released for WorldShare License Manager. 

Previously, only collection-level licensing could be set in the License Manager, so a fake collection would need to be created if you wanted to indicate that a specific title's licensing varied from its collection licensing. Now, your library can set title-level licensing in addition to collection-level licensing. When both are set for a title, the title-level licensing is used.

No matter if the licensing is title or collection level, the terms are viewable in the Library's Holdings Information section of the Request Detail. 

Feb 2024 license manager.PNG

For more information and to learn how to set up title-level licensing, see WorldShare License Manager release notes, June 2023.


Staff interface being modernized for improved accessibility, usability, and navigation 

The OCLC Resource Sharing Team recently began a project to modernize the WorldShare ILL staff interface. The modernization does not introduce new functionality but will improve accessibility, usability, and navigation, ensuring clearer organization of information as well as the use of modern components, elements, and behaviors.

Modernized pages will be rolled out and released in a two-phase process. Libraries that participate in the "preview" group will see and use the new pages one release prior to other WorldShare ILL libraries. The release of modernized pages began earlier this year.

The modernized version of this page... Available to the preview group... Available to all WorldShare ILL libraries...
Request Details: Purchase tab January 2024 (mid-release) February 2024 release
Request Details: Staff Notes tab February 2024 release April 2024 release
WorldShare ILL Home page February 2024 release April 2024 release

With each upcoming release, this list will be updated with additional pages.

If your library team is interested in being included in the preview group, please send an email to

For more information, please see the January 31 session of Product Insights: Resource Sharing (timestamp 13:05).

Bug fixes and known issues

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

Important links

Product Insights 

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: Wednesday, January 31, 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (UTC -05:00)

Product Insights sessions will be recorded and archived for future viewing on the OCLC Community Center

OCLC Resource Sharing Conference web series 

The 2024 OCLC Resource Sharing Conference (RSC24) web series will begin in March 2024, and the program committee is currently accepting presentation proposals. Please watch the news in the coming weeks for the agenda and registration.

Recordings and slides from the 2023 OCLC Resource Sharing Conference (RSC23) web series are available in the community center. The free, virtual sessions 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 

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