The State Library is poised to roll out a new version of the SILO Interlibrary Loan System for participating Iowa libraries and their customers.
The current SILO Interlibrary Loan System has served libraries well for the past 20 years, but the new version improves workflow and adds several features, including a portal for library patrons to request their own interlibrary loans, improving customer service.
The new system will be launched April 1; library directors and staff will be able to create new accounts at that time and can begin adding new ILL requests starting May 1.
Both the old and new SILO ILL systems will run simultaneously as transactions continue to move through the old system. Menu options on the old system will gradually disappear as the functionality moves over to the new system.
Libraries will continue to be responsible for uploading their collections’ MARC record files for inclusion in the Locator through the old system until that function is active in the new system. Also, library staff can continue to submit updates to the Iowa Library Directory through the old system, but eventually that web access will go away. The System Activity Summary Reports will continue to be available through the old system for quite some time.
A webinar with an overview of the new SILO ILL system will be presented to library staff in April, date and time to be announced soon. Training and documentation on the new system will also be forthcoming.
Watch Library Talk and the CE Catalog for more information in the coming weeks!