Library Technology Guides

Current News Service and Archive

June 10, 2024

OCLC Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries are now live with OCLC Resource Sharing for Groups. Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries are now live using the new OCLC Resource Sharing for Groups, the state-of-the-art solution that reimagines resource sharing for library groups and consortia. OCLC Resource Sharing for Groups is a modern consortial borrowing solution that expedites delivery of digital and print items to library users. Participating libraries have all the tools needed to easily lend and borrow resources from group members. If a request can't be filled within the group, it seamlessly scales out to regional partners and to OCLC's global resource sharing network of more than 10,000 libraries, without any staff intervention. The solution also builds on smart fulfillment functionality for fast, predictable delivery based on local policies, group profiles, available resources, library relationships, and user needs—with first-supplier fill rates at 90-95 percent. [Full Announcement].

June 3, 2024

OCLC OCLC acquires firm to help higher education institutions with software decisions and implementations. OCLC has acquired JJH Consulting, a firm that specializes in advising institutions of higher education on how to maximize the value of their enterprise resource planning business processes and the implementation of Workday enterprise systems and software. The acquisition will expand OCLC's service profile and enable the organization to work with higher education institutions to help determine the best use of systems and services to fit their specific needs. Workday is a leading cloud-based financial, human capital management, and student information system that engages with external firms to advise, implement, and optimize their innovative systems. JJH Consulting has been a Workday Advisory Partner since 2018. OCLC has used Workday since 2015. [Full Announcement].

May 30, 2024

OCLC Clemson University Libraries joins the OCLC Research Library Partnership. Clemson Libraries provides research and information resources and services to the students, faculty, staff, and community patrons of Clemson University, a public, land-grant research university located in Upstate South Carolina. With more than 28,700 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 6,280 faculty and staff, Clemson offers degree programs in more than 100 majors. [Full Announcement].

May 28, 2024

OCLC CEU selects OCLC's WorldShare Management Services to manage 20 libraries that serve over 96,000 users in Spain. The Fundación Universitaria San Pablo CEU has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its fully integrated library services platform to handle all essential functions of its diverse institutions' libraries in Spain. In addition to providing a library services platform to bring CEU libraries together, OCLC will create a single catalog of collections from participating institutions to search through one interface. [Full Announcement].

May 9, 2024

OCLC OCLC Meridian makes it possible for libraries to create linked data that connect resources to the wider web. Introducing OCLC Meridian, a web application and set of APIs that libraries and other organizations that manage metadata for knowledge collections can use to create, curate, and connect linked data entities. Published in WorldCat Entities, this linked data is then available for use across a wide variety of services, systems, and data sets to connect to other knowledge streams where people search for information. Meridian enables the creation of linked data entities and descriptive relationships from within libraries' current workflows, forming connections to existing bibliographic records and other datasets in the global information ecosystem. Through these connections, WorldCat Entities data improves library discovery, findability, and relevance across the web. This new service allows libraries and other organizations managing metadata to contribute to a shared linked data infrastructure. Libraries can contribute at their own pace and without disruptions to their current workflows. [Full Announcement].

April 24, 2024

OCLC EBLIDA and OCLC sign new multi-year agreement. The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations and OCLC have signed a multi-year agreement, demonstrating their commitment to work more closely and strengthening the bond between the two organizations. This agreement will allow the organizations to collaborate more, build on their existing relationship, make information more accessible, engage with libraries throughout Europe, and participate in collaborative projects including support of conferences and programs. [Full Announcement].

April 12, 2024

OCLC OCLC Global Council elects Xuemao Wang, re-elects Anja Smit to Board of Trustees. OCLC Global Council has elected Xuemao Wang, Dean of Libraries and the Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian for Northwestern University, and re-elected Anja Smit, Director of DANS, an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Dutch Research Council, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. [Full Announcement].

April 3, 2024

OCLC cloudLibrary is now part of OCLC. OCLC has acquired cloudLibrary, a platform that offers access to a wide variety of digital content through libraries. The acquisition will help OCLC support public libraries in their efforts to successfully manage accelerated shifts to digital collections. Nearly 500 libraries in 20 countries rely on cloudLibrary to provide access to a rich collection of digital content including millions of ebooks and audio books as well as tens of thousands of magazines, digital newspapers, digital comics, and streaming media services in more than 50 languages. Libraries make these collections available to their communities through cloudLibrary's top-rated mobile app while a web portal makes it easy for library staff to manage their subscriptions. [Full Announcement].

March 25, 2024

OCLC OCLC Global Council ratifies plans to streamline council structure, increase member engagement. Following a comprehensive governance study, the OCLC Global Council ratified plans to establish a new council structure to clarify its role and increase member engagement. The new OCLC Leaders Council will be phased in over the next year with a clear purpose: to provide library perspectives that inform OCLC's strategic goals and to elect six trustees to the Board of Trustees. The new Leaders Council combines three Regional Councils into one group comprised of two delegations—one consisting of members from North, Central, and South America and one that unites Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific regions. It allows flexibility in its membership to range from no fewer than 20 to no more than 24 members. [Full Announcement].

March 18, 2024

OCLC OCLC partners with Equinox Open Library Initiative to provide access to the WorldCat Metadata API for mutual customers. OCLC is partnering with Equinox Open Library Initiative to offer access to the WorldCat Metadata API for OCLC cataloging libraries using service platforms supported by Equinox. The integration is available to mutual customers.Equinox, a leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is the first to sign on to integrate the WorldCat Metadata API through the OCLC Partner Platform Program, which allows partners to integrate OCLC cataloging, discovery, and resource sharing functionality through a variety of APIs. The program also allows library service providers to integrate with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services and OCLC Wise library service platforms. [Full Announcement].

March 7, 2024

OCLC Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf is now live with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, a research institution in Germany, is now live with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services, the fully integrated library services platform designed to meet the needs of modern libraries. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf conducts research in the fields of energy, health, and matter. The HZDR library is part of the K10plus, a union catalog that brings together more than 200 million holdings of print and digital media from academic libraries in 10 federal states; the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation; and other academic, research, and cultural institutions. Partners include most German state universities and colleges, and institutions such as the Helmholtz Centers. [Full Announcement].

February 14, 2024

OCLC 18 more libraries sign on to OCLC's WorldShare Management Services platform to close 2023. In the closing months of 2023, 18 new libraries signed on to use OCLC's WorldShare Management Services, the fully integrated library services platform designed to meet the needs of modern libraries. [Full Announcement].

January 30, 2024

OCLC OCLC linked data services transform metadata management and connect library resources to wider knowledge streams. OCLC is developing linked data services, products, and datasets that provide the descriptive resources needed to curate data at scale and across workflows. This work connects library resources to the knowledge streams that inform our everyday lives. WorldCat bibliographic records are now enriched with WorldCat Entities uniform resource identifiers (URIs), establishing a bridge between MARC data and linked data—connecting data across local systems and workflows. Current cataloging applications have been and will continue to be enhanced to add valuable linked data elements into existing workflows. And new, innovative services will be rolled out later this year to further enable libraries to manage and integrate linked data at a pace that's right for them. [Full Announcement].

January 11, 2024

OCLC University of Utah Libraries join the OCLC Research Library Partnership. The University of Utah Libraries—including the J. Willard Marriott Library, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and the James E. Faust Law Library—have joined the OCLC Research Library Partnership. [Full Announcement].

December 18, 2023

OCLC Información Científica Internacional to distribute OCLC services in Mexico and Central America. OCLC is partnering with Información Científica Internacional (ICI Cloud), a leading library services organization based in Monterrey with offices in Mexico City, as a new distributor of OCLC services in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, and El Salvador. ICI Cloud specializes in providing and supporting a wide range of library programs and services to academic, public, corporate, and government libraries. It is now representing OCLC for institutions interested in cataloging, resource sharing, WorldCat Discovery, CONTENTdm, WorldShare Management Services, WebDewey, and EZproxy services in these countries. [Full Announcement].

December 4, 2023

OCLC OCLC launches Arabic Discovery Catalog to increase discoverability, access to Arabic library collections. OCLC has introduced the Arabic Discovery Catalog, a new initiative that brings together bibliographic records from libraries located in Arab countries into one catalog to enhance the discoverability and visibility of these collections for international research. The Arabic Discovery Catalog currently includes records of more than 3.8 million Arabic resources and continues to grow, making it one of the most comprehensive bibliographic resources of Arabic culture. OCLC staff have indexed records in Arabic and taken steps to ensure that sorting and searching of results are accurately displayed to deliver an intuitive and seamless discovery experience using Arabic script. The Arabic Discovery Catalog is built on the WorldCat Discovery platform, the discovery solution developed by OCLC that makes it possible [Full Announcement].

November 28, 2023

OCLC OCLC named Best Place to Work in IT by Computerworld. OCLC has been named the best place to work in IT among midsize global organizations on Computerworld's 2024 Best Places to Work in IT annual list. It is the second consecutive year that OCLC has been recognized as best in its class. With its staff of 1,200 worldwide, OCLC placed first in the category of midsize employers. OCLC, the leading library technology and research organization, has been named the best place to work in IT among midsize global organizations on Computerworld's 2024 Best Places to Work in IT annual list. It is the second consecutive year that OCLC has been recognized as best in its class. With its staff of 1,200 worldwide, OCLC placed first in the category of midsize employers. [Full Announcement].

November 13, 2023

OCLC Ginny Steel elected Chair, Tim Robinson takes seat on OCLC Board of Trustees. Ginny Steel, the Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian, University of California, Los Angeles, has been elected Chair, and Tim Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of Nationwide Children's Hospital, took his seat on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during the Board's November meeting. Steel takes over for John Szabo, City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library, who has served as Chair since 2017. [Full Announcement].

September 29, 2023

OCLC Canberra Institute of Technology now live with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services. Canberra Institute of Technology, in Australia, has moved to OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as their library services platform to improve workflows, increase access to more resources for students and faculty, and join an ever-growing global network of collaborating libraries. [Full Announcement].

September 7, 2023

OCLC OCLC awarded IMLS grant to support library learning in digital collections stewardship. OCLC has been awarded an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to support library learning in digital collections stewardship through a new on-demand course and facilitated group learning. OCLC's WebJunction will partner with five state libraries—Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, and Wyoming—to co-design and pilot training based on the Digital Collections Stewardship course series, using a facilitated peer-learning group model. This effort will support up to 200 staff at libraries, archives, and museums in creating, sharing, and stewarding digital collections. The project will also create a new course for WebJunction's Digital Collections Stewardship course series on how to build more diverse digital collections. [Full Announcement].