Electronic Delivery Utility (Formerly Odyssey Helper)


Electronic Delivery Utility (Formerly Odyssey Helper)

What is it?

Electronic Delivery Utility is a feature that allows you to process scanned articles in batches for document delivery and lending.

How does it help?

Batches of scanned articles are sent in a network folder. This reduces the work of delivering and updating each request individually, saving your staff a great deal of time. As a result, it shortens the time to complete article request processing. 

Getting Started

There are two keys you may want to set to tell the Electronic Delivery Utility where to look for files: ElectronicDeliveryUtilityImagesPathDocDel and ElectronicDeliveryUtilityImagesPathLending. These keys tell the Electronic Delivery Utility where to save the scanned files that will be processed by the Electronic Delivery Utility. Both of these keys can be found in the ILLiad Customization Manager under Odyssey | Defaults.

  1. In the ILLiad Customization Manager, go to Odyssey | Defaults and find the following keys:
    • ElectronicDeliveryUtilityImagesPathDocDel
    • ElectronicDeliveryUtilityImagesPathLending
  2. In each key, change the path to wherever you want the Electronic Delivery Utility documents to be stored. The default value for both is c:\illiad\images.

This path cannot be the same path defined for the Odyssey Manager (specifically the path set in the OdysseyServerReceiveDir key). A network path such as \\myserver\myscans can be used as long as the Electronic Delivery Utility machine can get to that location.

3. Click Save to save the new location.


One of the perks of Electronic Delivery Utility is that it will automatically apply billing charges when needed. In the Lending process type, just click on the Auto Bill Default button before delivering the articles.


By default, Electronic Delivery Utility stores its sent files in a Backup folder (found within the OdysseyHelperImagesPath directories). Keep an eye on this because it can begin to take up a lot of storage space. To easily empty this periodically, simply click on the Empty Backup Folder button. Try doing this once a week.



  • Last Updated Mar 12, 2017
  • Views 218
  • Answered By Simone L. Yearwood

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