March 6, 2014
Libraries in communities across the country will partner with Redbox, America’s destination for entertainment, and OCLC to produce free, fun, public entertainment events. Developed and funded by Redbox, “Outside the Box” will bring people together for these events in 20 new communities this year.During a 2013 pilot program, 12 Outside the Box events reached over 3,000 people around the country. Pilot efforts were led by public libraries and their communities, and supported by OCLC and consultants at the Project for Public Spaces (PPS). Building on the pilot’s success, Outside the Box will extend to 20 new communities in 2014, reinforcing the goal of creating great places where community members can gather and connect. Public libraries will remain central to Outside the Box, leading community planning sessions and event design.
March 4, 2014
OCLC and FamilySearch International are working together to share data between WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog to provide more resources for improved genealogy research. More than 1 million FamilySearch genealogical records are now discoverable in WorldCat, the world’s largest database of records representing resources in libraries worldwide. Links to WorldCat are now available on FamilySearch.org.
February 14, 2014
National Library of Sweden signs agreement on CCO license with OCLC. National Library of Sweden
The Swedish National Library and OCLC have signed an agreement on use of Creative commons for Libris (Swedish union catalogue) data derived from WorldCat. Similar agreements have been entered into by the national library with the Library of Congress and three European national libraries, including the British library, French National Library and the German national library). The Swedish national library and Libris libraries have also re-initiated negotiations regarding membership in OCLC/WorldCat.
The UKB consortium of Dutch university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands have signed a new agreement to move library services to OCLC WorldShare.
Vandaag kondigen het samenwerkingsverband UKB en OCLC aan dat ze tijdens een bijzondere vergadering in Utrecht de consortiumovereenkomst hebben getekend voor de overgang van de informatie-infrastructuur van de Nederlandse universiteitsbibliotheken naar het OCLC WorldShare Platform.
February 3, 2014
More than 320 million records from 88 collections in the award-winning ProQuest Central database are now discoverable, and the full text associated with those records is now accessible to mutual subscribers through OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services. The new discovery experience is possible through a data exchange agreement signed in 2013 by OCLC and ProQuest to enhance library discovery for users of WorldCat Discovery Services and the ProQuest Central full-text database. The program shares metadata from some of the world’s most-widely used library collections, enriching the content and creating connections for users of both ProQuest Central and WorldCat Discovery.
January 26, 2014
OCLC has finalized agreements with 17 publishers around the world to add valuable electronic collections to the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive online catalog of resources available through libraries worldwide.
January 23, 2014
OCLC Research has released a new report, “Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections,” which establishes evidence that has allowed and encouraged libraries to begin the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and “above-the-institution” management strategies.
January 22, 2014
OCLC introduces WorldCat Discovery Services, a new suite of cloud-based applications that brings together the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local services. Set to launch in March, the new suite will enable discovery of more than 1.3 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of both WorldCat and a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections. This will make it possible for more than 18,000 FirstSearch libraries to offer a richer discovery experience.
The partnership provides quick search access to the world’s library collection via WorldCat. The data is available through the WorldCat Search API as a part of the WorldShare Platform. The WorldShare platform gives flexible, open access to the shared library data of the cooperative, so that students can discover, cite and create lists for information in e-books, books, chapters, magazines, newspapers, websites, journals, films and more.
January 21, 2014
LIBROS, the consortium that connects 16 academic libraries in New Mexico, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new cloud-based library management system.
January 9, 2014
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), which provides library automation services to 23 institutions, is the first academic group to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its cloud-based library management system.
December 10, 2013
OCLC is working with Yelp, the leading website and mobile app that connects consumers with great local businesses, to increase public access to local library information. Yelp is integrating information from the database of library listings maintained through the OCLC Library Spotlight program to supplement existing library listings on Yelp.com.
OCLC trabaja junto a Yelp, la aplicación líder móvil y para sitios web que conecta a los consumidores con empresas locales de excelencia, con el fin de ampliar el acceso público a información de bibliotecas locales.
December 6, 2013
Nuevos proveedores y colecciones se agregan de forma continua a la base de conocimiento de WorldCat, y en el presente hay más de 14,25 millones de registros. Los destacados de noviembre incluyen la adición de nuevas colecciones de libros electrónicos en EBSCOhost, InfoBase Learning, Ovid y SpringerLink, y la discontinuación de The History Cooperative como proveedor y sesenta y cuatro colecciones de SpringerLink. Los detalles completos de la actualización de este mes ahora están disponibles en las notas de la versión.
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