OCLC and NY3Rs Provide Free Training on New Interlibrary Loan Platform


In December 2013, OCLC will roll out WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, a new library resources platform that "expands traditional interlibrary loan with new, integrated delivery options that support new library workflows that have developed in response to changing user needs," according to an announcement from OCLC. The new platform is application driven, and allows for collaboration among libraries, developers, and partners. WorldShare will be available in lieu of WorldCat Resource Sharing.

To ensure that your library is prepared for the migration from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare, OCLC has developed a training program designed for New York libraries. With the cooperation of NY3Rs, OCLC will present four virtual sessions over a two-week period in August. These webinars will cover topics related to the migration, including an overview of the service and details about migration, a training session on borrowing, a training session on lending, and a question and answer session for any additional inquiries.

Further details about these webinars, along with links to registration, follow:

  • Wednesday, August 14th: WS ILL overview session (click here to register) 
  • Monday, August 19th: WS ILL borrowing session (click here to register)
  • Tuesday, August 20th: WS ILL lending session (click here to register) 
  • Friday, August 23rd: WS ILL Q & A session (click here to register)

In an overview of the WorldShare Platform, OCLC states that the service will "support new features that require interoperation with other applications, such as the display of lender costs from the Policies Directory and display of item availability from a library's ILS." In May 2014, functionality of the new service will include an application similar to WorldCat Resource Sharing in addition to the features outlined on OCLC's website.

Please contact info@metro.org with questions related to these webinars.