Optimizing ILL Services in Texas Public Libraries – 10/19/17 Webinar

Join Texas State Library Staff for a webinar focused on statewide resource sharing using Navigator, the consortial ILL system implemented by all accredited Texas public libraries. We will cover current usage, keeping holdings up-to-date in WorldCat, training opportunities, shipping cost solutions, and promoting the service to your patrons and communities!

Where There’s a wILL, There’s a Way: Optimizing ILL Services in Texas Public Libraries
Thursday – October 19, 2017
2:00 -3:00 PM  CST

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1873386778923400449

**Live attendance qualifies for 1 hour Texas State Library Continuing Education credit.

This webinar will also be recorded and available to view at a later time.

Please contact Sara Hayes with any questions at shayes@tsl.texas.gov.

OCLC ILL Usage Statistics Webinar – June 21, 2017

Please see the information below regarding an upcoming webinar about ILL statistics available to Navigator (VDX) libraries.  Anyone is welcome to attend, a registration link is provided:

OCLC Usage Stats provides comprehensive ILL data to OCLC members who use resource sharing products including WorldShare ILL, Tipasa, VDX and ILLiad. The data available through this resource allows you to understand your ILL operation in terms of number of borrows and loans, fill rate, your turn around time, what you lend and what you don’t lend, who you lend to, who you borrow from, who you might not want to borrow from, and IFM reports. You can leverage as much or as little of this data as appropriate for your institution.

Join us Wednesday, 21 June at 1:00 PM EDT to learn from library and OCLC experts about how to incorporate this data into your regular reporting processes. Libraries of all types and sizes are welcome to attend and should find some tips or approaches for using this data for reporting purposes or to streamline workflows. Sue Kaler from the Minuteman Library Network will discuss how she utilizes OCLC Usage Stats to inform her decisions and practices in ILL.  Tony Melvyn product manager at OCLC will provide a detailed overview of the OCLC ILL Usage statistics including the powerful assessment tools.   Please register to attend here.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask ahead of time or hope to see covered in the webinar, please submit them here: OCLC Usage Stats Questions. We will incorporate as many questions or suggested topics into the webinar as possible.

 We look forward to seeing you at the webinar in June!

Thank you,


FY2017 ILL Lending Reimbursement Progam

The Texas State Library’s FY2017 ILL Lending Reimbursement Program will open in our Grant Management System (GMS) on April 25, 2017.

A webinar outlining the details of participating in the FY2017 ILL Lending Reimbursement Program will be presented on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome to participate, a recording and handouts will be made available as well.  Register for the webinar here.

More information is available online at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/ill2017, feel free to contact me with any questions.


Sara Hayes
Interlibrary Loan Program Coordinator
Library Development and Networking Division
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
1201 Brazos, Austin TX  78701


TLA program with Mark Smith – April 20, 2017

For those of you attending TLA in San Antonio later this month, please see the information below regarding a discussion about TSLAC and library services to be held at the conference:

State Librarian Mark Smith and Assistant State Librarian Gloria Meraz will lead a discussion on the agency’s Sunset Review Process on Thursday, April 20 from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm in room 304BC of the convention center during the TLA Conference.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites you to share your thoughts and suggestions for the future of library development in Texas.  If you are a public, school, academic, or special librarian, consider how the agency and its staff impact your work.

The Sunset Review Process is a legislatively-mandated assessment of all agencies to determine if an agency should be continued, how its work can be strengthened, and how the agency can be positioned to fulfill its mission in the coming years.

Some of the questions that this process examines include
-What agency services and functions are important and should be continued?
-How can the agency’s work be improved?

We want to hear your feedback and make your voice part of the process to shape library services. This is a great opportunity to work with colleagues on exploring – and shaping – an exciting future.

Thank you.

Navigator Q&A – Thursday, February 23rd @ 10 am

RECORDING AVAILABLE :    Play Q&A recording (35 min 30 sec)         Q&A Slides 

OCLC will host a live Q&A session on Thursday, February 23rd at 10:00 am.

Anyone is welcome to attend, we will be addressing some general Navigator questions we have received and there will also be time for any new questions from participants .

To register for this session

Go to https://oclc.webex.com/oclc-en/k2/j.php?MTID=tb9371024585bd0e6735ccf612017bebb and register.

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

Note: If you have already registered for this session, you do not need to register again.

A recording will be available for those unable to attend.

Thank you!

Data Sync Collections – Webinar Recording and Slides

Recently, Kathy Kie of OCLC presented an overview of WorldCat data sync collections for Texas libraries.  This new service replaces batchloading for keeping library holdings up to date in WorldCat and the Texas Group Catalog.

Please use the resources below to begin the process of updating your holdings in WorldCat and the Texas Group Catalog with data sync collections:

  1. Use this checklist as a guide to gather the information you will need to create a WorldCat data sync collection in WorldShare Collection Manager:
    Texas Library Checklist – Create a WorldCat data sync collection
  2. The webinar recording and slides will help in completing the checklist:
    Play recording (1 hr 16 min 24 sec) *No password required
    Webinar Slides
  3. Contact your ILS/automation vendor if you need information or assistance in exporting files of items you have added or deleted from your library collection in order to submit them.

Additional assistance/training is available here:
OCLC Customer Support:  support@oclc.org or 1-800-848-5800
OCLC Data Sync Office Hours (great way to get personal assistance!): http://oc.lc/datasync
OCLC Data Sync Training Opportunities: http://oc.lc/datasync
Texas State Library ILL Coordinator: Sara Hayes, shayes@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5406

Training Opportunities – Data Sync Collections and TAE Courier

These upcoming training sessions are free and available to any and all library staff, but do require advanced registration:

Data Sync Collections Q&A presented by OCLC staff
(updating your library’s holdings in WorldCat)
Thursday, January 12, 2017
10:00 am CST
Click here to register

You need to register before the session. Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

TAE (Trans-Amigos Express)  Courier Refresher Session presented by Amigos staff
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
2:00 pm CST
To register, send your name and contact information to tae@amigos.org.

A refresher course on all things courier including: reporting statistics, service disruptions, reimbursements, and courier labels.  Questions and comments welcome.

Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding these sessions.

Sara Hayes

Data Sync Q&A – 11/22 @10:00 am

Recording available here:
Play recording (48 min 5 sec)
Recording password: (This recording does not require a password.)

OCLC staff will present information and be available to answer questions regarding Data Sync next Tuesday, 11/22, at 10:00 am.  Registration information is available below, everyone is welcome to participate.  A recording will also be made available for those unable to attend the live session.

Questions have come up regarding uploading and formatting files in the data sync system.  If there are additional topics, concerns, or questions you can let me know ahead of time or ask OCLC staff via chat during the session on Tuesday.

Topic: Texas Navigator Q&A – Data Sync Collections Host: Jenny Rosenfeld Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Time: 10:00 am, CST Session number: Not Available Registration password: This session does not require a registration password.

To register for this session go to
and register. Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. Note: If you have already registered for this session, you do not need to register again.

The Texas specific Data Sync webinar presented by OCLC’s Kathy Kie is available to (re)view anytime here:

Data Sync Collections Training (Replacing Batchload) 9/22 @ 10:00 am

WorldCat data sync collections will be replacing the batchload process of keeping records up to date in WorldCat in October.

Texas library staff will want to participate in this webinar (or view the recording afterwards) in anticipation of the transition!

WorldCat data sync collections for Texas Libraries
Host: Kathy Kie
Thursday, September 22, 2016
11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Click here to register

Feel free to contact me at shayes@tsl.texas.gov with any questions.