End of support for ILLiad versions 8.1 and 8.2

OCLC and Atlas Systems continue to provide ongoing enhancements to the OCLC ILLiad Resource Sharing Management software to insure that ILLiad meets the changing needs of libraries. As part of the move to newer versions of ILLiad software, OCLC will discontinue support for ILLiad versions 8.1 and 8.2 on June 30, 2013.

ILLiad version 8.3 is the latest version of the interlibrary loan management suite. This version includes Unicode support, mobile web pages, and circulation interoperability with NCIP-enabled ILS systems.

Additional benefits to libraries using ILLiad 8.3 include:

  • Support for OCLC Resource Sharing web service version 1.5
  • Updates to several ILLiad web pages
  • Upgrades for searching Transactions in ILLiad search forms
  • An updated ILLiad web service for OCLC WorldCat Navigator users
  • Odyssey support: send and receive PDF files
  • New Word document templates: use xls data sources

Migration timeline

OCLC will end customer support for ILLiad versions 8.1 and 8.2 on June 30, 2013.

Benefits of using current version of WorldCat Resource Sharing web service

The WorldCat Resource Sharing web service version 1.5 will also retire on June 30, 2013. When you upgrade to web service version 1.6 you will benefit from:

  • Split of shipping and billing address into separate fields.
  • A connection to OCLC’s Item availability web service that simplifies lending because staff can view item availabiligy within the ILLiad interface.

Streamline future updates with the ILLiad hosted service

The hosted version of ILLiad eliminates the need to manage server software version changes locally, resulting in significant time savings for your staff. This service includes all of the hardware and software components, back-ups and system upgrades. Under the hosted service, your ILLiad server is monitored for availability, updated on a regular basis and archived for recovery purposes. If you migrate your ILLiad server to OCLC hosting, your server will be upgraded to the latest version of ILLiad as part of that process. For more information or to request a quote for hosted ILLiad, contact Alisa Whitt at whitta@oclc.org or 1-800-848-5878 extension 4069.

Upgrading to version 8.3

Hosted ILLiad users should contact OCLC or Atlas Systems to schedule their upgrade.

Additional information about ILLiad version 8.3 for current subscribers is available in the following resources:

Please contact OCLC support at 800-848-5800 or support@oclc.org with questions about the new software version.

NOTE: The Unicode enhancement will approximately double the size of your database. If you are a self-hosted site, make sure you have sufficient local space to accommodate this change. To eliminate the need to manage hardware and software upgrades locally, you may wish to transition to hosted ILLiad. Contact Alisa Whitt at whitta@oclc.org or 843.276.8048 for hosted ILLiad details and pricing.

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Support

For assistance with your upgrade to ILLiad version 8.3, contact OCLC Customer Support:
E-mail | Web form | Phone: 1-800-848-5800

What are users saying about the hosted service?

We are a medium-size library and a hosted site and I can't imagine any cons. We don't have a systems librarian so we would have no one to maintain our own server and no one who would understand the technical lingo, or be able to deal with the technical problems that, of course, would arise. We do, of course, have an IT department who we can consult but there's no way they could be devoted to maintaining ILLiad. For this reason, I really appreciate the support and convenience of being hosted, particularly around upgrade times, when everything is done from OCLC's end."

Ken Venet, Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, USA

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