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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].

September 4, 2023

OCLC WorldCat.org users can now purchase books from independent bookstores through Bookshop.org. WorldCat.org users can now purchase books from independent bookstores through Bookshop.orgOCLC / 30 August 2023logo: Bookshop.orgWorldCat.org now offers users the option to purchase books from independent brick and mortar bookstores across the US through Bookshop.org. Links to Bookshop.org display in the "Buy this item" section of item details on WorldCat.org search results for items available from Bookshop.org. This provides purchase options for people who would like to have their own copy of a book or cannot borrow it from favorite libraries.When users click to Bookshop.org from WorldCat.org, they can select a bookstore to receive the full profit from their book purchase. If no bookstore is selected, the purchase will contribute to a profit-sharing pool that helps all participating bookstores.OCLC plans to add Bookshop.org to "buy it now" links on the WorldCat Find mobile app in the coming months. [Full Announcement].

August 25, 2023

OCLC Auckland Institute of Studies to improve workflows by moving to OCLC's WorldShare Management Services. Auckland Institute of Studies in New Zealand has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its new library management system to integrate workflows and increase visibility and access to more resources. [Full Announcement].

August 18, 2023

OCLC NALIS of Trinidad and Tobago wins OCLC Award for Innovative Cooperation Initiatives in the Caribbean. The National Library and Information System of Trinidad and Tobago has been named winner of the 2023 OCLC Award for Innovative Cooperation Initiatives in the Caribbean for its work to create and promote co-located libraries along with a wide range of digital library services to underserved communities. NALIS' Co-located Library Project supports Trinidad and Tobago's efforts to realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. [Full Announcement].

August 14, 2023

OCLC Leveraging machine learning technology as part of ongoing WorldCat quality measures. OCLC Metadata Quality teams implement a variety of measures--both manual and automated--to improve the quality and usefulness of WorldCat data. These extensive and ongoing efforts ensure that WorldCat data supports the needs of our membership and our global network of thousands of libraries across a wide range of services. As the technologies and tools that allow us to do this important work evolve, we are continually exploring new methods for enriching, repairing, and de-duplicating WorldCat records--data that powers the global discovery and sharing of library resources. [Full Announcement].

July 31, 2023

OCLC Comfenalco Antioquia Libraries to move to OCLCs WorldShare Management Services platform. Comfenalco Antioquia Libraries, in Medellin, Colombia, has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its new library services platform. Comfenalco Antioquia will be the first library in Colombia to implement WMS, scheduled to be live with the new platform later this year. Comfenalco Antioquia is a Family Compensation Fund that provides social programs and services in areas of housing, education, culture, libraries, recreation, sport, and tourism. The library comprises 13 physical facilities, including public and school libraries and reading rooms together with four technical areas: Reading Promotion, Library Content, Collection Development, and Local Information Service. The libraries reach more than 3 million users per year, with programs, services and more than 160,000 physical and digital resources. Comfenalco Antioquia Library is moving to WMS from OCLC's OLIB, the library management system they have used for more than 25 years. [Full Announcement].

July 28, 2023

OCLC Lynn Silipigni Connaway to serve as Dominican University's School of Information Studies 2023-24 Follett Chair. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Executive Director, OCLC Research, will join Dominican University's School of Information Studies as the 2023-24 Follett Chair. As Follett Chair, Connaway will teach a course in research methods for Ph.D. students in Dominican's School of Information Studies and lead a writing workshop. In the spring she will deliver the Follet Lecture on a topic of her choosing. [Full Announcement].

July 7, 2023

OCLC OCLC and LIBER announce new multi-year engagement program to help build capacity in forward-looking research libraries. OCLC and LIBER announced the launch of a multi-year engagement program based on LIBER's 2023–2027 strategy, which presents a vision for the future of research libraries. The series of discussions will collectively examine, explore, and ideate around rapidly evolving technologies, a drive for open content, and the imperative of supporting rights and values. [Full Announcement].

June 29, 2023

OCLC Royal Library of Belgium joins OCLC, adds records to WorldCat to increase visibility of collection. The Royal Library of Belgium is adding millions of bibliographic records to WorldCat, a move that will gain more visibility for the library's collection and provide more opportunities for cooperation among OCLC's network of libraries worldwide. The Royal Library of Belgium is adding metadata to WorldCat, which includes records from its museum, a collection of more than 8 million cultural and historical documents. KBR collects all Belgian publications and preserves, manages and studies an extensive cultural and historical heritage. It provides access to information, facilitates research, and offers a broad cultural experience. [Full Announcement].

June 23, 2023

OCLC More libraries sign on to OCLC's WorldShare Management Services platform. Eleven libraries have recently signed on to use OCLC's WorldShare Management Services, the fully integrated library platform designed to meet the changing needs of today's libraries. [Full Announcement].

June 21, 2023

OCLC OCLC introduces AI-generated book recommendations in WorldCat.org and WorldCat Find beta. OCLC is beta testing book recommendations generated by artificial intelligence (AI) in WorldCat.org, the website that allows users to explore the collections of thousands of libraries through a single search. Searchers can now obtain AI-enabled book recommendations for print and e-books and then look for those items in libraries near them. The AI-generated book recommendations beta is now available in WorldCat.org and WorldCat Find, the mobile app extension for WorldCat.org. [Full Announcement].

June 9, 2023

OCLC Musicians, jazz organizations, and music experts curate resources to honor jazz on WorldCat.org. WorldCat.org has published a topic page dedicated to jazz music. Esteemed academics and institutions have contributed to the project by curating resource lists that will delight jazz newcomers and seasoned listeners alike. These include Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle, author and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Music at Miami (Ohio) University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Tulane University; and the University of Chicago and feature a wide variety of verified materials from the collections of more than 10,000 libraries, WorldCat.org's jazz topic page provides visitors a broad and deep glimpse into the genre's past, present, and future. [Full Announcement].

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