Category Archives: World Cat

WRS changes in need-by-date and reasons-for-no

OCLC recently implemented a fix to correct problems users have been reporting with inaccurate lender string histories and incorrect reasons for no reports. Rather than report incorrect request histories, we are no longer carrying over the history from an unfilled request when a new request is created. We are pursuing a permanent fix to this problem that will display correct request histories.

In order for your institution to track lender histories of unfilled requests, you will have to retain the request ID number of the unfilled request and search for it as a completed request. In the coming months we will introduce the ability to search the completed request archive by other search elements including bibliographic data fields and patron data fields.

From a technical standpoint once a record is resent with new lenders it is considered a “new” request.

A related issue has been the “Need by date” not being carried over to the “new” request. With the next install cycle the need before date will be appear on the new request and will be the same date as the original request.

Thank you for all of your comments and concerns about workflow issues and hopefully they will be solved within the next couple of months as we continually improve the service.

Thank you

Christa Starck Weiker

Product Manager, WorldCat Resource Sharing

Building a community of WorldCat users adds user profiles and the ability to build and share lists now offers personal profiles—My WorldCat Accounts—along with a social-networking feature: users across the Web can add individual items cataloged in WorldCat to personalized lists. Users can build as many lists as they like on any subject. They can group items owned by their library and other WorldCat libraries, and share their lists with friends, colleagues and millions of site users. All they need is an e-mail address to create a free WorldCat account.

In addition, My WorldCat accounts allow users to create online profiles to provide greater detail about their interests and occupations and link to personal Web pages, RSS feeds or instant messaging addresses. Providing this personal information is optional, and users can control the public availability of their e-mail addresses or their entire profiles in the privacy settings for their accounts.