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OCLC Releases ILL Micro Enhancer for Windows

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OCLC Releases ILL Micro Enhancer for Windows

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OCLC has released its Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer for Windows software, which offers all of the functionality of the DOS-based ILL ME Plus with added features and the advantages of the Windows environment.

ILL ME for Windows was designed to improve productivity by automating many borrowing and lending tasks. The program makes ILL number entry fast and easy, according to the company, by printing bar codes on downloaded requests. In addition, ILL ME for Windows can complete tasks after hours so that workstations are free to perform other library functions during the day.

"We found several of the enhancements in the ILL ME for Windows version to be quite helpful in our ILL updating operation:" said Marilyn Wood, inter-library loan librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University. "The ability to create multiple constant-data. records for items that we lend is particularly helpful with our use of ILL Fee Management and various billing practices. We also appreciated the capacity to maintain more than one download session at a time."

Users will find a number of improvements in the functionality of ILL ME for Windows over the DOS version. Users can choose from the following automated tasks:

* Specify days for downloading and updating

* Run other applications after the terminal has been set to download or update

* Save up to 10 previously downloaded sessions

* Create up to 500 constant-data records for both copies and loans

* View a request on the screen and then transfer that request to its appropriate update category

* Print all or selected records at any time and sort records by any two ILL work-form fields

* Print only new requests option

"ILL ME for Windows offers users the ability to point and click through routine interlibrary loan functions," said Marda Johnson, manager, OCLC collections and technical services product planning and implementation. …

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