Ohio Libraries Share: MORE

ALERT: The State Library of Ohio has supported Ohio Libraries Share: MORE for close to ten years. Following a cost analysis and acknowledgement of steep declines in usage, we will cease funding and the MORE service  ends on June 30, 2017.  Given the uncertainty surrounding both state and federal funding for the State Library, it is no longer feasible for the State Library to continue devoting funds to this service.

The end of service process started June 1, 2017 with a modification of ZPORTAL. Patrons will no longer be able to place a request.  All idle, end of rota, and terminated requests are being cleared. This will allow enough time for materials to return to their home systems.

Questions about MORE or the timeline and process for its closure, please contact Matt Motes (rmotes@library.ohio.gov) or John Stewart (jstewart@library.ohio.gov).

Ohio Libraries Share: MORE (OLS: MORE) consists of  49 participating libraries . Patrons from any participating library can request an item from another participating library and pick it up at the patron’s home library.

OLS: MORE works across a variety of different library automation systems and enables libraries to provide their patrons more resources, books, music, videos –– any circulating item in a library collection. If patrons are unable to find an item in their local library catalog, they can perform the search in OLS: MORE and request the item. The item will be shipped to the patron’s home library. The patron returns the item to the home library, where it is shipped back to the owning location. From the patron’s perspective it’s just that easy. For the libraries, there are further steps involved in coordinating the request for delivery.

OLS: MORE software reduces the amount of staff time required to participate in a statewide resource sharing circulation system because it is patron–initiated and patron–centered. One of the biggest differences between circulation and interlibrary loan, and the characteristic that drives up the cost for ILL, is mediation. Our intent is to keep staff mediation to a minimum and to reduce it over time as technology enables us to do so.

All of the details related to circulation (what circulates, who’s responsible, circulation policies, etc.) are covered in the Principles of Cooperation. These principles govern the borrowing⁄lending behavior of OLS: MORE participating libraries.

The Shared Catalog (Z39.50)

Usually when libraries create a shared catalog, they all have the same automated library system. For example, OhioLINK uses Innovative Interfaces, CLEVNET uses SirsiDynix Unicorn, and SEO uses SirsiDynix Horizon. In order to connect every library in the state (school, public, academic), software called VDX uses the Z39.50 standard, which provides a searching interface among disparate systems. By using Z39.50, users do not have to be familiar with searching commands for each system or the address for each catalog. By clicking the OLS: MORE button in their online catalog or the library’s webpage, users can re-execute their search statewide, find the desired item, view holdings, and place a request. Z39.50 translates the search and sends it to the catalogs of all participating libraries. It retrieves bibliographic information for display to the patron, along with holdings. Many automated library system vendors have a Z39.50 interface for linking library catalogs. The Library of Congress has additional information about Z39.50.

Patron Authentication (SIP)

Because remote searching of catalogs has become increasingly popular, more information from automated systems is needed to accommodate complex transactions, and SIP has evolved to accommodate these demands. There are two versions of SIP: SIP and SIP2. SIP can communicate basic transactions such as validating a patron and checking an item out and in; SIP2 prevents delinquent patrons from making requests and has a holds messaging feature that places holds for items directly into your local system. Documentation for SIP and SIP2 is available in from the 3M Website.

Not all implementations of SIP are the same.  Because SIP is only a protocol and not a standard, automation vendors interact with SIP in different ways, and probably have not put all of the SIP functions into their system. Talk to your automation vendor about their use of SIP and what messages they support.

More Advanced Functions (SIP2)

Because remote searching of catalogs has become increasingly popular, more information from automated systems has been needed to accommodate complex transactions, and SIP has evolved to accommodate these demands. There are two versions of SIP: SIP and SIP2. SIP can communicate basic transactions such as validating a patron and checking an item out and in; SIP2 prevents delinquent patrons from making requests and has a holds messaging feature that places holds for items directly into your local system. Documentation for SIP and SIP2 is available in from the 3M Website.

Not all implementations of SIP are the same. Because SIP is only a protocol and not a standard,automation vendors interact with SIP in different ways, and probably have not put all of the SIP functions into their system. Talk to your automation vendor about their use of SIP and what messages they support. Here are some desired message functions:

  1. Patron authentication lets OLS: MORE check your database to see if the patron making a request is valid.  If your system has SIP2, then you can prevent your delinquent patrons from making requests.
  2. Checkout and Checkin lets OLS: MORE update the status of your materials when you send them to another library and when they come back to you. Items that you lend will be automatically checked out to OLS: MORE, so you won’t have to process material in both OLS: MORE and your local system.
  3. Hold is a SIP2 function that will let OLS: MORE place holds for items directly into your local system. These requests will then appear in your regular hold report. Unfortunately, since there isn’t a need for self-checkout stations to do this, few automation systems have developed this function, and you will find your incoming requests in the OLS: MORE system.
  4. CreateItem/DeleteItem are extensions to SIP that, like the hold messages, are not currently supported by many systems. If your system does support these, then OLS: MORE can create brief records in your catalog when you borrow items from other libraries. You will use these brief records to circulate borrowed items to your patrons.  [top]

Will this ever be truly standard?

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) approved the NCIP standard, Z39.83. NCIP (NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol) will allow you to do more of the resource sharing tasks in one system as opposed to duplicate tasks in both systems. So far, several Ohio libraries/consortia with SirsiDynix have successfully implemented NCIP to work with OCLC’s VDX product. We are not aware of additional successful implementations involving other library vendors. Contact your library vendor to ask about the status of NCIP with OCLC’s VDX product, or contact us at olsmore@library.ohio.gov. [top]

The State Library of Ohio has supported Ohio Libraries Share: MORE for close to ten years. Following a cost analysis and acknowledgement of steep declines in usage, we will cease funding and the MORE service  ends on June 30, 2017.

The end of service process started June 1, 2017 with a modification of ZPORTAL. Patrons will no longer be able to place a request.  All idle, end of rota, and terminated requests are being cleared. This will allow enough time for materials to return to their home systems.

Live URLs:

(the real sites, anything you do here causes books to go on trucks)

Test URLs:

HELP ME …

Library staff at OLS: MORE member libraries are welcome to email questions and configuration changes to olsmore@library.ohio.gov or by calling (800)686-1532.

If a system problem occurs, library staff may also open a trouble ticket via the web at https://servicedesk.oclc.org. Or call the OCLC VDX Help Desk at (866)939-6446. If you call, please identify yourself as an OLS: MORE library with your OLS: MORE login.

  1. Click on the “Use Self Service Desk” link
  2. Input your Username – this will is your 5 digit MORE ID without the S
  3. Input your Password – this will is your 5 digit MORE ID without the S
  4. Please include your contact name, email and number in the body of the problem

DELIVERY… Please remember to include the OLS: MORE Shipping or Returned slip with each item.

If you have a Delivery problem, please fill out the Delivery Service Issue Form.

Please visit the Statewide Delivery site for additional delivery information, including the Statewide Delivery Manifest List and Labels.

KEEP INFORMED …

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  1. Libraries will share any circulating resource with any Ohio library patron. Requests will be filled in accordance with the requesting library’s policies.
  2. Libraries will make resource sharing an integral part of library service to their patrons and commit to staff and patron training.
  3. The borrowing library is responsible for the circulation, retrieval, and return of borrowed items.
  4. The lending library will absorb the cost of any lost or damaged materials.
  5. Libraries will use the statewide resource sharing delivery system and pay for contracted delivery costs.
  6. Libraries will process statewide resource sharing requests daily.
  7. Loan periods, including renewals, will conform to the borrowing library’s lending policies and will not exceed six months.
  8. Libraries will designate a statewide resource sharing contact person and provide this information to the State Library of Ohio. This information will be distributed and updated as needed.