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OCLC Announces New ILL Direct Request and OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows

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OCLC Announces New ILL Direct Request and OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows

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OCLC Online Computer Library Center has recently announced the availability of two new products for libraries: ILL Direct Request and Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows.

New ILL Direct Request

OCLC's new ILL Direct Request service allows library users to initiate requests and send them directly to the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service. The new service is an option for libraries that participate in the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service.

With Direct Request, a library user searches and locates materials through an electronic service, such as an online union catalog or the OCLC FirstSearch service. External software, such as OCLC SiteSearch WebZ software, authenticates the end user and sends the request to OCLC in an ISO-compliant message. The OCLC ILL system processes the request, according to Web-based profiles determined by the library, and sends the request to the first potential lender.

"Interlibrary loan staff are in complete control of the process," said Collette Mak, consulting product support specialist at OCLC collections and resource sharing. "With Direct Request profiles, the library staff control not just which requests can be automatically processed but how they are processed. …

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