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WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

WorldShare Interlibrary LoanThe ChallengesRebecca BelcherAccess Services Librarian Appalachian School of Law Library

1We are a stand-alone academic law library with approximately 320 students We are also a staff of one in our Interlibrary Loan DepartmentWe loan quite a few more books than we borrowIn order of usage, borrowing requests come from Law Review students, professors, staff and other students

WorldShare Challenges

The bulk of articles and books requested for Law Review happens during the fall semester When I transitioned to WorldShare this spring Law Review requests had already been completed using FirstSearchFirstSearch was comfortable, easy; I knew what I was doing, I had a routine and everything had a flow

WorldShare Challenges

WorldShare The change wasnt all easy With WorldShare everything was differentit was more complexthere were drop down boxes for addressesit wasnt forgiving like FirstSearch

Probably the biggest issue for me......

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WorldShare ChallengesFirstSearch WorldShareAll on the page, no drop down boxes for addressesForgiving if I make a mistake, most of the time by hitting the back button or edit button I can go back and fix itFast, easy

Drop down boxes for lender and borrower addresses No edit or back button; if I click the wrong button sometimes my request is goneMore complicated and takes longer

While I have had challenges there are things about WorldShare to like: longer lender strings, enhanced search, displaying lender costs, etc.But Im not here to speak about the positives, Im here to talk about the challenges Ive had and overcome

WorldShare Challenges Lending vs Borrowingmy experienceWorldShare Challenges

Lending has not been as difficult to learn as borrowingI started lending material before I even did a tutorialI dont advise that because I have learned a lot from the webinars and tutorialsWorldShare ChallengesLending

A very different storyI tried to do it without the tutorial and found I needed much more instruction than I did with lendingWorking with borrowing has taken some time but watching those webinars and doing those tutorials have really helpedWorldShare ChallengesBorrowing

While practicing ILL borrowing in WorldShare I toggled back and forth with WorldShare and FirstSearch until I was comfortable borrowing I only have to do that now if something new pops up

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My number 1 piece of advice is to listen to the webinars and do the tutorials. I would have had a very hard time figuring out how to do borrowing without themThey are excellent and you will learn a lot by listening to them and practicing with the tutorialsI did them over and over, because I learned something new every time

WorldShare Challenges Advice

My second piece of advice is to update your constant data You do that going to OCLC Interlibrary Loan Home Page, look to the right and choose OCLC Service ConfigurationWhen you start using WorldShare for printing mailing labels, you will be very glad you did!WorldShare ChallengesAdvice

My third and final piece of advice is to subscribe to OCLC listservs, if you havent already. That way you will know all about any upcoming webinars and anything new about WorldShareWorldShare Challenges

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