Entry Filed under: OCLC News,Technical Services
DUBLIN, Ohio, February 14, 2012—The Website for Small Libraries project, which began as an OCLC Innovation Lab experiment in 2011, is now available as a beta service for any library wishing to set up its own website.
By participating in the project, libraries will be able to quickly and easily set up a website that provides basic functionality for making small collection information available on the Web, setting up users, checking materials in and out, placing holds, and providing library contact, location, service and event information.
“The goal of the Website for Small Libraries project was easily stated, but not so easily realized,” said Mike Teets, OCLC Vice President, Innovation. “We wanted small libraries with collections of 20,000 items or less to be able to have a simple, inexpensive yet functional presence on the Web.”
Four South Dakota libraries, as well as the South Dakota State Library, were part of the project’s pilot. “Many of our libraries have a staff of just one or two, and small budgets,” said Dan Siebersma, South Dakota State Librarian. “A product that makes it easy for these libraries to have a website with a minimum amount of effort and at a low cost is very desirable. The inventory feature that would allow people to access a library’s collection from the comfort of their home is the icing on the cake.”
In order to make the site as easy to use as possible, the site relies on simple editing of predefined templates to populate the Web presence. It can take just a few minutes to have a library site up and available to patrons on the Web as well as on mobile and tablet devices. The service uses a set of wizards to import collection and user information in a wide variety of formats. It uses statistical algorithms and WorldCat to determine structure and field contents to ease the import processes. Complexity is kept to a minimum by focusing on the minimum fields necessary to make collections accessible.
Tip House, Chief Architect, Global Infrastructure for OCLC, and one of the lead programmers on the project, explained the basic features: “Libraries can provide and promote basic information about their locations, content, events and services using a set of easily updated templates and widgets. Users can create an account, search for materials, place and delete holds, and see their history. It is, essentially, a very basic inventory model for libraries.”
Mr. Teets stressed that this is not a full-featured library management service, but an option for those small libraries that have not been able to take advantage of traditional library systems due to size, cost or technological restrictions.
“If a library already has an ILS, this will not replicate that kind of system. It’s not meant to,” said Mr. Teets. “Our research suggested that as many as half of the libraries with one or two employees had, essentially, no Web presence. This project hopes to positively impact those libraries and their users.”
“WebJunction has worked with small and rural libraries since its inception,” said Jennifer Peterson, WebJunction Community Manager. “Many of these libraries don’t have the time, money or technical background to implement a full-scale, online management service. This project will enable them to reach their users on the Web in an entirely new way. And because the sites are optimized to run well on mobile devices, they’ll be able to connect to users for whom the mobile Internet is now the main way of getting online.”
“We hope this is a useful, affordable option for small libraries that want to establish a Web-based connection to their communities,” said Mr. Teets.
Libraries interested in signing up can do so at http://beta.worldcat.org/lib/. Participation in the project costs $500 per year and comes with a 90-day trial period. Libraries are free to import and export their collection and patron data as they try the service, as well as through the product life.
State library organizations, consortia and other library groups interested in group rates should contact their OCLC Library Services consultant.
February 16th, 2012
Entry Filed under: OCLC News,Reference,Workshops
OCLC Partner Event – Seeking Synchronicity for Partner Communication
Join MCLS and OCLC on January 31 for a webinar “viewing party” to learn about OCLC Research findings that will inform future development and inspire effectiveness for virtual reference services.
In this webinar, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD., Senior Research Scientist at OCLC, and Marie L. Radford, PhD., Associate Professor, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers, will discuss the key findings of their multi-year study that were recently published in the report, Seeking Synchronicity: Revelations and Recommendations for Virtual Reference. Their findings show that today’s patrons, scholars and citizens are not just looking to libraries alone for answers to specific questions; they want to also engage partners and guides in their lifelong information-seeking journey. Virtual Reference is an opportunity to meet those needs.
Join MCLS at our offices in Lansing on January 31, 2012, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm to discuss how your library uses virtual reference and what works best for users in our area. The viewing party is free, but we ask that you register if you are planning to attend at MCLS in person. Register online at: https://members.mcls.org/workshops/viewcourse.html?id=296
NOTE: If you prefer not to travel to Lansing to attend the webinar, you may view this session online at your own library. To register to attend via webex, go to OCLC’s registration page.
If you need assistance with registration, please contact Heather Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-530-9019 x133.
January 24th, 2012
Entry Filed under: OCLC News,Technical Services
DUBLIN, Ohio, January 13, 2012—Since July 1, 2011, 28 libraries have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services, the first truly cooperative, Webscale management services for libraries that streamline cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflows, and offer a next-gen discovery tool for library users. This brings the number of libraries worldwide committed to using OCLC WorldShare Management Services to 171.
Among the new subscribers:
• Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin
• Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania
• College of Western Idaho, Nampa, Idaho
• Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas
• Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee
• Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan
• Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee
• National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C.
• Northwest University, Kirkland, Washington
• Ovid-Elsie Area Schools, Elsie, Michigan
• Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania
• San Bernardino County Law Library, San Bernardino, California
• San Juan Island Library, Friday Harbor, Washington
• Santa Fe Springs City Library, Santa Fe Springs, California
• Stanford Hospital Health Library, Palo Alto, California
• Thomas Jefferson Foundation Library, Charlottesville, Virginia
• Union University, Jackson, Tennessee
• University of California, Merced
• Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, California
• William Carey International University, Pasadena, California
OCLC WorldShare Management Services enable libraries to share infrastructure costs and resources, as well as collaborate in ways that free them from the restrictions of local hardware and software. And libraries using OCLC WorldShare Management Services find that they are able to reduce the time needed for traditional tasks and free staff time for higher-priority services.
In 2010, OCLC announced that it was making OCLC WorldShare Management Services available to early adopters. OCLC WorldShare Management Services were released for general availability July 1, 2011. Today, 33 libraries are live with WorldShare Management Services.
More about OCLC WorldShare Management Services can be found on the website at http://www.oclc.org/webscale/default.htm.
January 24th, 2012
Entry Filed under: Collections,Partnerships & Projects
OCLC has established a strategic partnership with Sustainable Collection Services, LLC, an organization founded by the principals of R2 Consulting, that leverages WorldCat Data to help libraries intelligently manage their print monograph collections.
Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) makes use of the WorldCat Search API to provide decision-support for collection assessment, deselection, and shared print projects. The firm’s data-driven services enable carefully-managed drawdown of low-use print monographs while supporting resource sharing and print archiving efforts.
The SCS service leverages WorldCat data, the largest aggregation of bibliographic data in the world, as a primary source for deselection metadata. Access to this data is enabled by the OCLC WorldShare Platform, which exposes OCLC’s Web services and data for use and reuse by third party partners.
This strategic partnership reflects OCLC’s commitment to provide broader access to the Platform environment and WorldCat data. Partners like SCS can take advantage of the same infrastructure that OCLC uses to build and maintain its own services, providing libraries with an extended range of application options that take advantage of the same core data.
The SCS service will complement current OCLC offerings to help libraries analyze their collections, joining WorldCat Collection Analysis and a wide range of reports that are currently available using the OCLC Stats.org tool.
“OCLC’s work with Sustainable Collection Services illustrates the value of building partnerships in service to libraries using the OCLC WorldShare Platform,” said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. “OCLC considers all types of partnerships that add value to the library community. Working with WorldCat, Sustainable Collection Services is better equipped to make the right recommendations for libraries and their lending partners.”
“WorldCat holdings data is central to a well-coordinated print management project,” notes Rick Lugg, President of SCS. “Responsible deselection relies on knowledge of the collective collection, and WorldCat is the single best source for that information. OCLC has been enormously helpful during our first year of operation, streamlining access to library holdings through its WorldCat API. Our strategic partnership builds on that foundation and broadens the scope of our collaboration, enabling SCS to develop an innovative collection analytics application. My partners and I at SCS look forward to exploring the full potential of the OCLC WorldShare Platform.”
Sustainable Collection Services was formed just over a year ago. In the first year of operation, it has worked with more than a dozen academic libraries and consortia across the country to consult on print management strategies, and to generate withdrawal and preservation candidate lists based on library-defined criteria.
About Sustainable Collection Services LLC:
Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) provides tools and advice to support data-driven deselection of monographs. Founded in January 2011 by Rick Lugg and Ruth Fischer of R2 Consulting, along with partners Andy Breeding and Eric Redman, SCS focuses on collection analytics. The company’s services enable libraries to analyze circulation and holdings data, and to generate actionable title lists for withdrawal, storage, preservation, and shared print archiving. (www.sustainablecollections.com)
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit the OCLC website at www.oclc.org.
January 24th, 2012
Entry Filed under: OCLC News,Workshops
Register now to attend the OCLC Member Meeting and Symposium
Friday, January 20, 2012
Register to attend IN PERSON
Omni Dallas Hotel, Dallas Ballroom EFG | Noon to 5:00 pm CT
Register to participate ONLINE
1:00 to 4:15 pm CT | www.oclc.org/livefeed/
Sarah Lacy, author and Senior Editor at TechCrunch, to keynote OCLC Member Meeting and Symposium at ALA Midwinter
Your member-leaders have revamped the structure of this year’s Americas Regional Council Meeting and Symposium at ALA Midwinter, making this event one you won’t want to miss!
1:00 Welcome and Introductions
William Maes, ARC Executive Committee Chair (Dalhousie University, Halifax)
1:15 OCLC Symposium on “Mining the Fault Lines: Big Collaboration on a Richter Web Scale”
Sarah Lacy, Senior Editor at TechCrunch and author of Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky.
2:30 Membership Update on OCLC’s Strategy
2:45 Roundtable Discussions and Q&A
The clickers are back! Come prepared to weigh in on important issues throughout the meeting. During this time, participants will discuss the topics presented in Sarah Lacy’s keynote in small groups, as well as the updates provided by William Maes. The discussions will be facilitated by OCLC leadership, board members and member representatives.
3:15 Cooperative Communications and Membership Survey Results
Cathy De Rosa, OCLC Vice President for the Americas & Global VP of Marketing
3:45 Recommendations, Actions and Outcomes from OCLC Global Council’s Cost Sharing Models Task Force
Rick Schwieterman, OCLC Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, with Cathy De Rosa
3:55 Q&A with Cathy, Rick and Jay Jordan
January 10th, 2012
Entry Filed under: Cataloging,OCLC News,Technical Services
OCLC, together with OCLC Global Council and members, is taking the cooperative’s ongoing strategy to help libraries operate and innovate at Webscale to a much broader level with the introduction of OCLC WorldShare, a new platform and a new brand that signals OCLC’s commitment to greater collaboration in library service delivery.
OCLC is launching the OCLC WorldShare Platform, which will enable library developers, partners and other organizations to create, configure and share a wide range of applications that deliver new functionality and value for libraries and their users.
OCLC will also deploy data centers around the world in support of OCLC WorldShare and other services. The first data center outside the United States will be implemented this week in the United Kingdom. Additional data centers will be deployed in continental Europe, Australia and Canada in the coming year.
“OCLC’s mission and public purpose are clearly aligned with the concept of Webscale,” said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. “We have been providing infrastructure and services that have enabled members to build efficiencies in the management of libraries, and to increase the visibility and impact of their collections in compelling user environments on the Web. To date, this work has been significant. Now we see a need to provide more of those connective elements, the services and systems that will allow libraries to leverage even more of their activities and data together, at Webscale.”
The OCLC WorldShare Platform facilitates collaboration and app-sharing across the library community, so that libraries can combine library-built applications, partner-built applications and OCLC-built applications. This enables the benefits of each single solution to be shared broadly throughout the library community.
In the coming weeks, participants from platform pilot libraries will work with members of the OCLC Developer Network to help create and build new applications to populate the OCLC WorldShare App Gallery, where users will see available apps and can install them into current work environments. Developers can showcase their creativity, partners can create add-on functionality and library staff can find practical, everyday solutions to streamline and enhance their workflows.
The first services built on this new technical infrastructure are Webscale Management Services, which have been rebranded as OCLC WorldShare Management Services, and include circulation, acquisitions and license management applications. Today, more than 30 libraries are already using OCLC WorldShare Management Services, and more than 150 libraries worldwide have committed to the new service since September 2010.
Over time, OCLC will bring together additional OCLC services and applications under the OCLC WorldShare name, including resource sharing, consortial borrowing, metadata management and additional applications. OCLC’s currently deployed library management solutions will continue to be maintained and enhanced in line with libraries’ ongoing requirements under their current brand names.
WorldCat will continue to serve as the name for shared data, including registries and the knowledge base, as well as discovery services such as WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local.
There are many examples of organizations contributing to the broader Webscale information environment. Some, like HathiTrust, JSTOR and Europeana, are most recognizable to libraries and library users. Others, such as Google and Amazon, are global services familiar to all Web users. These services, and many others, are all part of the information environment users navigate every day—a Webscale environment.
OCLC is committed to working with libraries to expand the scope and type of partnerships that will be critical for libraries to achieve Webscale.
“OCLC WorldShare provides a Web-based platform for collective innovation across shared services, integrated applications and streamlined library workflows,” said Mr. Jordan. “In combination with WorldCat, OCLC WorldShare will support the work of libraries of all types to collaborate in new, more efficient ways, reduce operating costs and provide greatly enhanced user experiences.”
Visit the OCLC website at www.oclc.org for more details about OCLC WorldShare.
December 6th, 2011
Entry Filed under: OCLC News
OCLC 101: A Guide to Your Cooperative
This free course provides an introduction to OCLC as a cooperative membership organization. It provides an overview of the governance structure and what it means to be a member of the cooperative. This course also provides guidance on communicating with OCLC. Learn how to use the available self-service tools and resources to gain the most from membership in the cooperative as well as to use products and services effectively.
October 3, 2011
12pm – 1pm Eastern
November 7, 2011
12pm – 1pm Eastern
September 23rd, 2011
Entry Filed under: OCLC News,Partnerships & Projects
OhioLINK-OCLC Collection and Circulation Analysis Project 2011
This new report describes a collaborative project between OCLC and OhioLINK that examined circulation in academic libraries, and includes an overview of data publicly available from the activity. The size of the combined collection and the number and diversity of participating institutions make this by far the largest and most comprehensive study of academic library circulation ever undertaken.
The goal of the study, which was limited to books and manuscripts, was to better understand the usage and collecting patterns within OhioLINK libraries.
The report provides:
- an overview of the study and its outputs, including its purpose, goal, and distinctive aspects; how the data was gathered; and the location, form, and overview of derived data;
- a description of how the data was analyzed, presented, and made available, both at the institutional level and for the collection of participating OhioLINK libraries;
- uses for the data, conclusions, and a glossary; and
- an external appendix that provides a rich set of supporting materials related to the development and conduct of the study.
In addition to the data-analysis files described in the report, the base data file of circulation records for nearly 30 million OhioLINK books and related WorldCat bibliographic data also is being made publicly available under the Open Data Commons Attribution license (an open license) to download for study and research.
OhioLINK–OCLC Collection and Circulation Analysis Project 2011 (report)
OhioLINK Collection and Circulation Analysis (activity page)
OhioLINK Collection and Circulation Analysis—Circulation Data
September 22nd, 2011
Entry Filed under: OCLC News
WorldCat Quality Report release – new report points the way for improved WorldCat quality
A new report released by OCLC describes OCLC’s steps to make it easier to find itmes in WorldCat and get them from OCLC member libraries.
The report begins with a review of WorldCat’s unprecedented growth since 2008, largely from metadata contributed from national libraries and union catalogs from outside North America. This rapid growth has challenged OCLC’s programs for managing duplicate entries and library location (holdings) information.
OCLC’s 2010 implementation of new duplication detection and resolution (DDR) software helped to resolve the issue of true duplicates in WorldCat; however, WorldCat quality needs to be further strengthened.
The paper describes a special project – GLIMIR- and other WorldCat quality improvement projects scheduled for FY2012. GLIMIR’s principal benefits will be to improve the clustering of WorldCat records and holdings for the same work, thus reducing the complexity of search result displays and supporting more reliable linking to local library catalogs.
The paper concludes that it is necessary to reinvent OCLC’s long-standing and successful, but English-language-centeric approaches to metadata creation and data quality management for the realities of the increasingly multilingual, multinational OCLC cooperative.
Read report co-author Glenn Patton’s blog post about the report.
Register to download the report
September 22nd, 2011
Entry Filed under: OCLC News,Resource Sharing
E-books from Ingram’s MyiLibrary® now available for short-term access through OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing
OCLC and Ingram Content Group have launched a new e-book service option that provides libraries and their patrons short-term access to e-book content that is not in a library’s collection through WorldCat Resource Sharing.
The new e-book service option increases the amount of content available through WorldCat Resource Sharing. Through the collaboration, e-books from Ingram’s MyiLibrary e-book collection will be available to participating libraries and their patrons for a nine day period. The option will be available in ILLiad within the next several months. E-book loans are fee-based, set at an average of 15 percent of the MyiLibrary price set by the publisher for access to the e-book. The fee is managed through the WorldCat Resource Sharing interlibrary loan fee management (IFM) feature that supports payment of resource-sharing services through the library’s OCLC invoice.
The addition of Ingram’s MyiLibrary content provides access to more than 50,000 e-book titles, and is growing daily. Content from the world’s leading publishers, such as Taylor and Francis and Wiley are currently available through the new short-term access option. Records for all titles have been added to WorldCat under the symbol IDILL, so users will find these titles when they search the WorldCat database via WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local, WorldCat Local “quick start” and FirstSearch. Interlibrary loan staff can then facilitate access to the available titles by requesting them from IDILL. View the list of available e-book titles.
To support the new and growing e-book access program, Ingram will send “Conditional” messages to request that borrowing library staff take an action such as enabling IFM or adjusting their Maxcost setting to accommodate the cost of an e-book loan. Ingram will place the link to the e-book in the new field “Alert” to notify the borrower immediately that the request has been filled and to alert the library that they will have nine days from the date the e-book is “shipped” to use the link before it expires.
This short-term access option delivers e-books to users quickly, so they can begin to use requested titles right away. Once a request is updated to “shipped” status, it is immediately available for use with no delays for shipping, or the time required to pick up a requested print title. This supports the way many users make use of e-books to obtain specific parts of information for research. For example, often a chapter or section of an e-book is all they need to use. The MyiLibrary interface allows users to search the full text of titles to quickly identify the sections they need.
For more information view the “What’s New with OCLC Resource Sharing Services” webinar recorded on August 25, 2011.
September 14th, 2011