Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Guest User Options in WISCAT

Give your patrons access to more than just searching in WISCAT without making them log in!  By using guest user functionality, you can give your users the ability to make requests, track their ILLs, and more.  

Guest users may be allowed to 
  • Create lists of Title and Author from selected search results to print or email
User selects the Clipboard Session icon to email list or send it to printer
Add To Clipboard until ready to print/email list from Clipboard Session 
  • Submit interlibrary loan requests to be approved by staff
User has access to Request This Item button in WISCAT to complete an interlibrary loan request form
Request This Item

  • Track the status of the interlibrary loan requests they create 
To view status of ILL requests: Select tracking icon in library's WISCAT, enter name and password used in the ILL request form when it was submitted
Track ILL Requests 

NEW  -- Libraries may set a limit on the number of interlibrary loan requests each guest user can submit.  Until now a request limit could only be set on a user having an individual Patron user account created by library staff to log into WISCAT. 

When a guest user reaches the request limit, a message displays when s/he attempts to submit a new interlibrary loan request.  No new request can be created by that user until the time period set (number of requests per week or month) has passed or, if the limit is based on active status, a request completes its lifecycle (request updated to Check In by the lender). 

Message shows: You have reached your maximum number of ILL requests (3 out of a maximum of 3)
Message displays when request limit is reached 

Contact WISCAT staff for a guide to activating these guest options. 

Written by:
Vickie Long, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning Team