Earlier this week it was noted that the Request this Item icon was available for some but not all items in the search results view. This, it turns out, is normal. It has to do with the number of underlying records.
Requests need to be created from a specific bibliographic record but on the search results page you're often seeing a clustered or merged view that combines similar records. When you click through by selecting a format you'll see the separate records listed and the icons to create your request.
For the first title (the audiobook) in the example above, there were two records from two different catalogs found even though only one of those records had a holding attached--information revealed by clicking on the format link. The second and third titles each represent only one record found in one catalog. The fourth represents three different records, each with a single holding, in three different catalogs.
The default grouping for search results in the NHAIS ILL System is clustered, which combines results with a matching title and author. The merged grouping breaks things down further by adding publisher and date into consideration. "No grouping" is also an option, in which case you should see the Request this Item icon on all titles listed. If you hover over the question mark next to "Group By" (in the upper right of the search results screen) you'll see how the options work.
Here's a clustered view of search results where only the last format listed, large print, represents a single record and thus displays the Request this Item icon:
Switching to merged view on the same search results breaks things down further and shows more Request this Item icons:
Note this is only a partial view of the results--one would need to scroll up or down to see all the records that contributed to the clustered view.
The NHAIS Interlibrary Loan System is off to a roaring re-start. From Tuesday morning, when requesting was re-enabled after a 6-month hiatus, to 11:30 a.m. today (Thursday) there were 1741 requests placed in the system, with 1402 of those (81%) already marked Shipped. The requests were placed by 133 libraries; 155 filled them out of 218 libraries currently activated to participate in the system.
Of course, nothing's been physically shipped in accordance with the Quarantine of ILL Materials now in effect. NHSL van service will resume next Monday (Sept. 21) to start distributing materials that have been quarantined for at least 72 hours.
Auto-Graphics reports an issue when sorting by date is chosen. If either Date Ascending or Date Descending is selected, you'll get a "No results were found..." message for your search. The problem is being worked on.
Above are sort options as seen on the Advanced Search screen. You can also sort results after a regular search but need to be logged in to see Date Ascending or Date Descending as an option. Relevance is the default sort for all searches in the NHAIS ILL System.
The Request this Item icon isn't showing up on every record on the search results page. This has been reported to Auto-Graphics.
If you click through to the brief view page, you should see the icon on all listed titles. If you click through to the details page, the Request this Item
button is available on the left, with the Multi Copy
option three lines below it. How to know whether you're on the search results, brief, or details page? You'll find a clue in the URL:
Reminder: you are in no way limiting the potential number of lenders by launching a request from a record that says Book (1) instead of Book (21). After you create your request, SHAREit runs an algorithm searching for matching records to build the lender list.
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