Presentation on theme: "Rebecca Belcher Access Services Librarian Appalachian School of Law Library."— Presentation transcript:
Rebecca Belcher Access Services Librarian Appalachian School of Law Library
We are a stand-alone academic law library with approximately 320 students We are also a staff of one in our Interlibrary Loan Department We loan quite a few more books than we borrow In order of usage, borrowing requests come from Law Review students, professors, staff and other students
The bulk of articles and books requested for Law Review happens during the fall semester When I transitioned to WorldShare this spring Law Review requests had already been completed using FirstSearch FirstSearch was comfortable, easy; I knew what I was doing, I had a routine and everything had a flow
WorldShare –The change wasn’t all easy With WorldShare everything was different ◦ it was more complex ◦ there were drop down boxes for addresses ◦ it wasn’t forgiving like FirstSearch Probably the biggest issue for me......
FirstSearch WorldShare All on the page, no drop down boxes for addresses Forgiving – if I make a mistake, most of the time by hitting the back button or edit button I can go back and fix it Fast, easy Drop down boxes for lender and borrower addresses No edit or back button; if I click the wrong button sometimes my request is gone More complicated and takes longer
While I have had challenges there are things about WorldShare to like: longer lender strings, enhanced search, displaying lender costs, etc. But I’m not here to speak about the positives, I’m here to talk about the challenges I’ve had and overcome
Lending has not been as difficult to learn as borrowing I started lending material before I even did a tutorial I don’t advise that because I have learned a lot from the webinars and tutorials
A very different story I tried to do it without the tutorial and found I needed much more instruction than I did with lending Working with borrowing has taken some time but watching those webinars and doing those tutorials have really helped
While practicing ILL borrowing in WorldShare I toggled back and forth with WorldShare and FirstSearch until I was comfortable borrowing I only have to do that now if something new pops up
My number 1 piece of advice is to listen to the webinars and do the tutorials. I would have had a very hard time figuring out how to do borrowing without them They are excellent and you will learn a lot by listening to them and practicing with the tutorials I did them over and over, because I learned something new every time
My second piece of advice is to update your constant data You do that going to OCLC Interlibrary Loan Home Page, look to the right and choose OCLC Service Configuration When you start using WorldShare for printing mailing labels, you will be very glad you did!
My third and final piece of advice is to subscribe to OCLC listservs, if you haven’t already. That way you will know all about any upcoming webinars and anything new about WorldShare