Web services to link interlibrary software with OCLC WorldShare

Josep-Manuel Rodríguez-Gairín (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)
Marta Somoza-Fernández (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Publication date: 9 September 2014



The purpose of this paper is to describe the use of web services to interconnect the GTBib interlibrary loan (ILL) program with the OCLC WorldShare platform.


The authors describe the current problem of duplication of procedures in libraries that have added their collections to the OCLC WorldCat catalog in recent years and are therefore more likely to receive ILL requests through the WorldShare platform.


A solution that uses web services to insert and retrieve requests between the two systems is presented. Autonomous agents periodically check the status of the requests and keep them updated and synchronized. These agents also inform the library staff of any variation or inconsistency that is detected.

Practical implications

This technology reduces process management time by making it unnecessary to introduce the request data in both systems. Agents are used to check the consistency of statuses between the two systems, thus avoiding errors and omissions and improving the efficiency of the whole ILL process.


This paper describes in detail the technical aspects of the development as a reference for the development of future applications.



Rodríguez-Gairín, J. and Somoza-Fernández, M. (2014), "Web services to link interlibrary software with OCLC WorldShare", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 483-494. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-12-2013-0158

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