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Known issues

This page lists known issues in the Tipasa application. Availability dates are subject to change.

See also Known issues for My Account.

Please see the OCLC System Status Dashboard for active issues.

Current issues 


Issue Details

Any shelving location, branch location, or local call number that includes non-Latin characters will not display correctly for Tipasa libraries with OPAC integration. This includes places in the staff interface, such as the Local ID field, as well as on printouts. 

Fix date planned for 2022. 

If diacritics are present in the name of a shelving or branch location, the location will not display correctly in the staff interface for Tipasa libraries with OPAC integration. his includes places in the staff interface, such as the Local ID field, as well as on printouts. 

Fix date planned for 2022. 

In Discover Items in the staff interface, links on the Find Related and Subject tabs are not working. 


This will be fixed no later than October 17, 2021. 

When selecting "Clear with fee payment required (CCG)", the staff interface displays a message that stats "No best match found in the CCC results". This message usually appears when more than one CCC match is found, however, it is errantly displaying when exactly one match is found. 


Please note that this message is a display issue and does not impact Copyright Clearance or CCC functionality. 

A small number of requests become stuck in an undefined status before they're sent to lenders and will show as Undefined in My Account. If you experience this, please contact OCLC Customer Support.

OCLC is working to fix these requests so that they will become unstuck and to prevent the problem from happening again

Resubmitting a request results in an error message when a lender in a previous lender string goes non-supply.  Work-around: Create a new request using the Copy function. 
Batch responding Yes as a lender results in an error message if Constant Data is applied during the batch process.   
The Chat feature often used in Custom Link 1 in Service Config> WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat Local>User Interface Options> Custom links is not working from the User Portal.  Work-around

To make Chat available to your library users from My Account, you can add an additional link link in the Resources menu (formerly Library Links).

To do this:

  1. Go to OCLC Service Configuration and navigate to WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat Local > User Interface Options > Custom Links.
    Note: If the Chat widget is already set up as Custom link 1, and you would like the Chat function to continue to display within WorldCat Discovery, do not make any changes to Custom link 1.
  2. Add a new Custom link for your Chat service with:

·         Link type: other

·         URL: <URL for your virtual reference service>

·         Display text: <descriptive text>

  1. Save Changes.

On resubmitted requests, the asterisk may not be displayed on the correct occurrence of the symbol in the lender string when the lender appears more than once.  It will be displayed on the first occurrence in the string, even if the request has actually moved to the later occurrence. This is purely cosmetic and does not affect functionality. 

WMS OPAC lookup puts duplicated Branch and Shelving Location into Local ID

Work-around: Delete branch location from Local ID field and save prior to printing.  
If a loan request passed through several lenders before being filled, it is possible that the Lending Library to Borrowing Library notifications will be triggered based on the wrong due date.  This happens when any of the earlier potential lenders saved a due date on the request but then said no or the request aged to the next lender.  The notification will be initiated for the current supplier based on their notification settings, but based on the potential lender’s incorrect due date.  
Patron’s ‘Preferred Edition’ is replaced with 'Any Edition' in new borrowing requests that do not match a Direct Request profile New borrowing requests that match a Direct Request profile display the patron’s Preferred Edition correctly.  However, new requests that do not match a profile will display 'Any edition', regardless of the value selected on the patron request form.  Borrowing staff can select a different value (“Most recent edition” or “This edition”) and lenders will see the correct value.


Fixed issues 


Fixed issues - Table
Issue Fix Date

When looking at a request in the staff interface, the Notification History section of the Request History does not display email notifications that have been sent to recipients. 


Note: For notifications sent between July 11 and August 8, the notification’s time stamps in the Request History section of the request will reflect an August 8 time stamp (rather than the date/time the notification was sent). Going forward, the time stamps will be accurate.

August, 2021

When a request is submitted to the first lender in the lender string on a weekend, the Time to Respond column displays <12 hours  24 hours earlier than expected. 

In cases where the need by date of the borrowing library occurs before the end of the lender’s days to respond, the Time to Respond value will be correct.

June 2021

Using the Everything option in the Find Patrons search in Tipasa to look for patron records will now only search:

ILL Identifier ppid User ID at Source Barcode (if present)
December 2020. Additional search options were added. 
On the holdings screen in the staff interface, if a Custom Holding Group or Path is applied but has no results the holdings screen will display libraries that aren't in the path or group and build a lender string accordingly December 2020
Requests expire from the New for Review queue after 14 days.  April 2020
Libraries serviced by the Australian Data Center (Australia and New Zealand)  are experiencing a delay in notification delivery. Notifications are queuing but are not being delivered to patrons. March 2020
Some library patrons are receiving an "A System error occurred" error message after clicking on the Interlibrary Loan button from a detailed record in WorldCat Discovery. A cookie was discontinued after the January 29th 2020 WorldCat Discovery install. The error occurs when the discontinued cookie is still retained by the patron's browser. March 2020

Resubmitting some requests results in the following error message:  

An error occurred processing the request. Please try again. If you are unable to continue please contact OCLC Support noting the request number, and the exact date and time this error occurred for the request.


December 2019
Clicking on the hyperlinked message title in the Notification Log fails to load the content of the sent notification.   August 2019
Clicking on the blue (i) next to a potential lender on the holdings page takes users to their own Policies Directory page, not the page of the potential lender. 

When in a request, clicking on the grey (i) in the list of lenders in the lender string also leads users to their own Policies Directory page, not that of the lender. 
August 2019

Patron request workforms that contain the Format field lead to an error message and requests are not submitted. 


August 2019

If an ILL request is changed to a purchase request and then changed back to an ILL request, the request cannot be submitted and an error message appears.  June 2019
If you have set up a notification to be sent to library staff when one of your borrowing requests has been filled using Article Exchange, the URL displayed in the notification email is for the Lender’s staff interface rather than your own. June 2019

When symbols are repeated in either the original or resubmitted lender string it may result in the following:

  • If a lending symbol appears twice in either the original lending string or in the resubmitting lender string, while the request is assigned to that lender, it will appear twice in the borrower’s Awaiting Response queue, and the lender’s Can You Supply queue.  Note that the counts in the left sidebar are correct, and once the lender responds to the request the duplicate rows will disappear. 
  • If a lending symbol was last in the original lender string and is first in the resubmitted lender string, the request isn’t routed to the lender.  If the request was only resubmitted to that lender, it will be closed as unfilled.
April 2019
When resubmitting a request, if a symbol in the previous lender string is set as a non-supplier the resubmit function will result in an error message. April 2019
When adding status or department fields to a patron request form in Service Configuration and specifying field values to display in the drop down list, saving will result in an error message. April 2019
Libraries that have enabled integration with Article Galaxy from Reprints Desk may experience intermittent issues with the Reprints Desk price and availability display.  OCLC is currently investigating.  March 2019
Deflection policies based on E-License terms are not deflecting requests for e-books.  February 2019
Lenders can view borrower notifications in the Request History accordion in the staff interface.  These notifications may contain patron information, such as name and email address.  February 2019
After taking an action that moves a request to a different queue, it is no longer possible to use next/previous links to view other requests in the original queue   February 2019

When the borrowing library adds an Article Exchange document to a request at In Transit status, the Mark as Received action is not saving the AE information to the request.  Because the status is updated to Received, the automated notification will be sent to the patron and the request will close.  The patron will see the request as “Completed,” but there will not be an AE link available.

This scenario may be encountered when the supplying library sent the document by email or shipped the article without first including the document.  In this case, the borrowing library adds the document for the patron to access via the user portal.

February 2019
Tipasa libraries who have enabled Advanced Lending do not have the option to move requests to the Verifying, Retrieving, Scanning, and Packaging queues on individual lending requests. January 2019

Lender is unable to save tags for requests in the following statuses:

  • Received/In Use
  • Received But Missing
  • Received/In Use (Overdue)
  • Returned But Missing
December 2018
Some libraries are experiencing errors when using Get It Now to process requests and using IFM as a form of payment.  November 2018
When using the “magnifying glass” or “View Holdings” link in a request to complete citation information, sometimes the “Apply data to request” button is not appearing.  The “Create Request” button appears instead.  October 2018

ILL hold displays as On Shelf at pickup location.

When receiving a loan request in WorldShare ILL or Tipasa with WorldShare Circulation integration enabled, the hold on the temporary item is fulfilled at the pickup location rather than the item's home location.

October 2018
Automated notifications failed to be sent in some cases. This issue was most frequently associated with the 'Item about to be due' and 'Item overdue' notifications.  October 2018
Patron-initiated request with OCLC Direct Request occasionally selects a bibliographic record for a print item rather than the electronic item, and vice versa. August 2018
The first time a copyright declaration field is added to a patron workform, the text limit defaults to 450 characters.  August 2018
An error message appears saying that there are too many lenders in the lender string, despite there being 15 or less.  August 2018
Due dates are missing on requests when renewal is denied.  August 2018
OCLC Reasons for No reports for both Borrowing and Lending are currently reporting an unusually large count for "Unspecified". We are continuing our investigation as to the cause. August 2018
Incorrect URL in New Lending Requests email July 2018
Interlibrary Loan Statistics are inaccurate for the month of May May 2018

An error message is displayed to the lender when attempting to save or update the status of a lending request if:

  • Lender selects ILL Fee Management (IFM)
  • Lending charge is blank
  • Request status is one of the following:
    • Submitted
    • Considering
    • Tipasa-only statuses: Verifying, Retrieving, Scanning or Packaging

The request fails to be updated and/or changes to the request are not saved.


May 2018
Some Article Available notifications are failing May 2018
Article links are not being delivered to patrons or showing up in the User Portal when supplied by some lenders and auto-received as a proven sender. The request displays to the patron as 'completed' without the link to the article.  April 2018
Changing a lending request to Verifying, Retrieving, Scanning or Packaging results in an error message.  April 2018
There are anomalies in the way copyright usages are being counted.  April 2018
Newly registered user approved' automated notification is not sent. February 2018
Changes to Custom Holdings Groups and Custom Holdings Paths are not being Reflected.  January 2018
Some of the Open Access links that appear on a request are actually subscription links.  November 2017
Interlibrary Loan requests cannot be fulfilled in WorldShare Circulation. November 2017
The value of Patron Status in a request is overwritten when constant data with a blank/null value for Status is applied and the request is subsequently saved or updated. October 2017
Recently closed requests are temporarily not searchable as either an ‘active request’ or ‘closed request’ from the Tipasa home page. This unsearchable period should only be a minute or two but has been prolonged at times. July 2017
Print export fields not printing correctly: Supplier Name. July 2017
Some status/cancel button display issues in the user portal. July 2017
Patron requests coming through as "copy" on Book request form if data is entered in the Article form first and Service Type is not included in the workforms. June 2017
Borrower is unable to update the bibliographic data in a request by clicking the magnifying glass icons next to Title, Author, and standard number (i.e. ISSN, ISBN, etc.) fields. The bibliographic record view fails to render, and the "Apply data to request" button does not display. Note that subsequent searches made in Discover Items may not behave as expected. May 2017
Print export fields not printing correctly: Supplier Name. May 2017
Print export fields not printing correctly: Purchase Price, Vendor. May 2017

Borrower is unable to action requests in Not Received status. An error message displays when selecting the 'Mark as Received' or 'Save' buttons.

May 2017
Service Configuration displays an error message after creating a new custom notification. May 2017
Electronic documents that were not sent via Article Exchange aren’t available to patrons online. May 2017
Message to clear copyright appears when submitting a request for a material older than five years. May 2017
Patron-initiated request filled via Article Exchange by an ILLiad lender sends the wrong notification. May 2017
Patron requests coming through as "copy" on Book request form if Article form is selected first. May 2017
Manual notification templates intermittently cannot be applied, i.e. nothing happens after selecting a template from the dropdown menu. February 2017
Manual notifications do not populate the patron email address in 'To Email.' February 2017
Custom manual notification template no longer appears as an option in Tipasa. February 2017

Refund button does not display for closed requests.

February 2017
Patron-initiated request filled by AE proven sender creates the wrong patron notification. December 2016

Patron request form preview in Service Config results in an error for some institutions.

December 2016
In Service Configuration, creating a new Custom Holdings Group (CHG) or saving changes to an existing CHG results in an error message. If a CHG includes one or more OCLC symbols that contain a special character (i.e. $#@), saving changes to the CHG may result in symbols being dropped from the CHG. December 2016
Patron-initiated requests that were mediated by staff display in the Direct Produced queue. December 2016
Patron URL (data insert) in notification templates is incorrect for some institutions. December 2016

My Lists and My Account links directing to incorrect URLs in User Portal

December 2016
Text notifications are being sent for unlinked patron requests. These are generally older requests created prior to patrons using the new patron portal and request forms. Texts are being sent if there is a phone number in the patron request data. November 2016


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