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WorldShare Interlibrary Loan digest, 2022


WorldShare ILL digest, 2022

With your ideas and feedback, we introduced new features and enhancements in 2022 to help you better manage your ILL workflows. And, virtual events provided a way for ILL community members to stay connected and share information.

Highlights from 2022

All features and events listed in this table are included with your WorldShare ILL subscription with no additional charge.

Highlight Resources*

Automated lending

Save staff time and ensure compliance with your library's policies and preferences by applying designated constant data records based on the borrowing library, type of request, or material format. 


Learn more at Automated Request Manager for Lending.


Product Insights: Resource Sharing (October 2022) - Lending automation (starts at 24:17)

Managing off-system requests

Record and track all ILL requests between your library and off-system libraries.

(An off-system library is one that doesn’t use an OCLC resource sharing solution or uses a system that doesn’t integrate with an OCLC solution.)


Learn more at Off-System Requesting.


OCLC workshop - Ditch the Sticky Notes: Learn to manage borrowing and lending off-system requests in WorldShare ILL and Tipasa (presented at the Northwest Interlibrary Loan & Resource Sharing Conference, September 2022)

Product Insights: Resource Sharing (October 2022) - Off-system requesting (starts at 16:43)

ILL request transfer

Transfer your unfilled borrowing requests from your integrated library system (ILS) to WorldShare ILL by using the new ISO standard (18626).

Now available for:

  • Ex Libris (Alma, Voyager)
  • Innovative (Millennium, Polaris, Sierra)
  • Relais ILL

Note: If your library is using ILL Direct Request, which is being retired in March 2023, you need to take a few steps to transition to the new ILL request transfer service.


Learn more at Or, email


Product Insights: Resource Sharing (October 2022) - ILL request transfer (starts at 4:03)

Streamlined holdings update

Reduce “Not Owned” responses to ILL requests with a streamlined WorldCat holdings update - available at no additional charge with your current OCLC Cataloging subscription.


Learn more at


Product Insights: Resource Sharing (October 2022) - Streamlined holdings update (starts at 14:25)

Key events and educational opportunities

Update your knowledge and skills with community events and training sessions.

  • Improving accessibility
  • The International ILL Toolkit
  • ILL 101 
  • RSC22 web series
  • What’s included with your ILL subscription?
  • Tips for requesting articles from the Internet Archive


OCLC Resource Sharing User Group Meeting (January 2022) - Document on accessibility being developed by OCLC SHARES (starts at 5:45)

Works in Progress Webinar: The International ILL Toolkit -- a crowd-sourced tool for global resource sharing (February 2022)

RSC22 pre-conference ILL 101 sessions (four 1-hour recordings)

RSC22 web series (six 1-hour recordings)

Product Insights: Resource Sharing (October 2022) - What's included with your subscription? (starts at 4:05)

Tips for requesting articles from Internet Archive on OCLC’s resource sharing network (November 2022)


WorldShare ILL Training

Live classes

Exploring ILL statistics

Revisit the discussion posts provided by Brian Shupp, OCLC Resource Sharing intern.


WorldShare ILL request form

Receive requests from any discovery system or database provider via the OpenURL standard - without having to rekey the bibliographic and patron data.

(Libraries with OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) can use this form as a more fully featured and customizable alternative to the WorldCat Discovery request form.) 


Pilot feature: Allow library users to place requests via the new WorldShare ILL form


Workshop on the new WorldShare ILL request form - Tuesday, January 24, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (UTC-05:00)

*Event recordings and discussion posts require sign-in to the OCLC Community Center.

OCLC Resource Sharing for Groups

NEW! - Modern consortial resource sharing solution

Empower your library group with streamlined consortial resource sharing that speeds delivery for your library users.

This new consortial borrowing solution builds on smart fulfillment functionality, the OCLC resource sharing network, and your current ILL service (WorldShare ILL, Tipasa, or ILLiad).



Learn more at


Product Insights: Resource Sharing (October 2022) - Resource Sharing for Groups (starts at 38:47)

For information about implementing OCLC Resource Sharing for Groups, please request more information from an OCLC representative.

Additional event recordings

OCLC Resource Sharing Conference (RSC22) web series 

OCLC invites you to view the recordings from the 2022 OCLC Resource Sharing Conference web series. Recordings and slides are available in the OCLC Community Center. 

Important links

Smart fulfillment

Fast, convenient, and intuitive are not enough. OCLC’s resource sharing services go further to offer the library on-demand with new smart fulfillment capabilities. A user’s request sets a dynamic, data-driven process in motion that delivers accurate resource options and delivery recommendations in just seconds, all within OCLC’s enhanced resource sharing services.

Learn more at Smart fullfillment and

WorldShare ILL training

OCLC offers free training sessions, included with your WorldShare ILL subscription. Whether you are new to using WorldShare ILL or just need a refresher, we encourage you to participate in Live classes:

  • Introduction to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan
  • WorldShare Interlibrary Loan: Borrowing
  • WorldShare Interlibrary Loan: Lending

Class recordings, self-paced courses and practices, and shorter videos on WorldShare ILL are also available for on-demand learning. For more information, and to access all Tipasa training resources, see Tipasa training

ILLiad support, training, and community

Atlas Systems offers ILLiad users a wide variety of support options. Have a question? Visit

  • UserVoice - help decide the future features for ILLiad
  • ILLiad best practices community
  • Video training library and live online training
  • Addons directory, knowledge base, and support articles

OCLC Community Center

The OCLC Community Center offers opportunities to:

  • Connect with community peers
  • Collaborate, ask questions, and gain insights
  • Contribute and share ideas to improve products
  • Stay on top of and discuss OCLC announcements

The Interlibrary Loan pages provide DiscussionsNews, and Events for the Resource Sharing community.


As institutions evolve toward a notion of “collective collections,” resource sharing partnerships that expand access to collections are of primary importance. SHARES, the resource sharing consortium of the OCLC Research Library Partnership, unites trusted partners that provide low-cost access to their diverse collections. SHARES also supports resource sharing innovation and best practices.

For the latest activities, see SHARES.

OCLC Support sites

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