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OCLC ILL PRISM Transfer Service Streamlines the Process

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OCLC ILL PRISM Transfer Service Streamlines the Process

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OCLC is now offering a service that streamlines the interlibrary loan process by moving loan requests from libraries' local systems to the OCLC PRISM ILL system. The OCLC ILL PRISM Transfer (IPT) service provides a means to upload locally created interlibrary loan requests through the Internet for transfer to the institution's PRISM ILL review file. By moving the local requests directly into the PRISM system, library staff will no longer be required to re-key information from their local system to the PRISM system.

"OCLC has always sought to improve the productivity of libraries by automating as many functions as possible," said Tony Melvyn, OCLC senior product support specialist. "The IPT service will save library staff valuable time and resources."

For some time, many libraries have been using local e-mail requesting components which allow patrons to make interlibrary loan requests electronically on online public access catalogs. The electronic requests are more accurate and more legible than handwritten notes and have made it easier for library staff to process. …

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