|OCLC has announced that its OCLC ILLiad interlibrary
loan (ILL) management software has completed ISO ILL testing and is now
fully compliant with ISO ILL standards. OCLC has also announced that Ingram
Library Services has begun adding evaluative content and bibliographic
records to WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog).
According to the announcement, the ability to
transmit and receive interlibrary loan requests via the ISO ILL protocol
provides OCLC ILLiad users with the widest choice of delivery systems available
"OCLC ILLiad has always offered the most flexible
options for requesting interlibrary loans," said Tony Melvyn, OCLC senior
consulting product-support specialist. "Now that it has become ISO ILL
compliant, the software provides users with additional sources from which
to request material. ISO ILL within ILLiad increases options for international
interlibrary loan, allowing users greater access to materials around the
OCLC ILLiad software is a comprehensive interlibrary
loan management system that automates routine borrowing and lending functions
within a library's ILL department. OCLC ILLiad also provides a Web interface
that allows library end-users to submit ILL requests and lets them track
their status 24/7, without library staff intervention.
To celebrate ISO ILL implementation, OCLC will
be offering a 10-percent discount on all OCLC ILLiad purchases ordered
and installed by June 30, 2002. "This is a perfect opportunity for libraries
to see what OCLC ILLiad can do to help streamline the interlibrary loan
process," said Melvyn.
OCLC ILLiad was developed by the ILL staff at
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and has been expanded
and further enhanced by Atlas Systems, Inc. Atlas Systems is the primary
software developer for OCLC ILLiad and, in conjunction with OCLC, provides
system support (http://www.atlas-sys.com/ILLiad.html)
and documentation (http://www.atlas-sys.com/Documentation.html)
for OCLC ILLiad users.
ISO ILL 10160/10161 is the international standard
for interlibrary loan—the technical definition of a series of messages
and aset of rules on how to use those messages to conduct ILL between systems.
Ingram Library Services
Through a recent agreement, Ingram Library Services
will do the following:
"This added content and the provision of new bibliographic
records earlier in the publication cycle [will] immediately benefit all
users of WorldCat by making it easier for them to identify relevant materials,"
said Gary Houk, vice president of OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services.
"This innovative alliance advances OCLC's strategic directive of extending
the scope and content of WorldCat to include new forms of information and
contributors, and it reinforces OCLC's mission of furthering access to
the world's information and reducing library costs."
Supply OCLC with descriptive content to enhance WorldCat
records in the OCLC FirstSearch service (including cover images, book summaries,
and author notes from publisher catalogs) and tables of contents data
Provide cataloging information to OCLCfor the creation
of new bibliographic recordsin WorldCat for Print-on-Demand titles available
through Lightning Source, an Ingram affiliate. (Print-on-Demand is a digital
fulfillment service offered by Lightning Source.)
Provide an estimated 3,000 high-quality cataloging
records per month to be added to WorldCat for newly released titles that
Ingram sells to libraries
"Both databases—OCLC's WorldCat and Ingram's BookMARC—will
have moretimely records as a result of this agreement," said Jim Kelly,
president of Ingram Library Services. "The entire library market will benefit."
In November, OCLC announced that Ingram Library
Services is providing early cataloging information to OCLC on videos and
DVDs, making the metadata available before the materials are released.
Source: OCLC, Dublin, OH, 800/848-5878, 614/764-6000;