Dublin, OH -- 13 March 2023. OCLC's new Choreo Insights library analytics solution is now available to libraries in North America that are seeking to better align academic library collections with institutional priorities, new and emerging curriculum needs, and future trends.
Available to development partner libraries since late 2022, Choreo Insights is now widely available to libraries in North America. OCLC will feature the new library analytics solution during the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, March 15–18.
Using WorldCat holdings data, Choreo Insights is a flexible solution that enables confident collection development decisions by comparing detailed subject breakdowns of local collections with overlap and gap analysis of any other library or group in WorldCat.
Libraries can map collections directly to academic programs using CIP (Classification of Institutional Programs) mapping. They can also use Library of Congress classifications, FAST subject headings, simple title text searches, and more to see how collections stack up.
Analysis can take only seconds to perform and is not limited to one-time reports and static snapshots. Libraries can try a variety of analysis scenarios, such as comparing institutions with programs they hold in high esteem, or trim results based on years of publication and other facets.
"Choreo Insights has been developed in close collaboration with OCLC Research and development partner libraries," said Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management. "This solution is a direct response to requests from libraries interested in new ways to promote cross-library collaboration and collection analysis for the long term. Through Choreo Insights, libraries will find different ways to help them better support the shifting needs of their institutions—such as through DEI initiatives, data for funding programs, and support for curriculum and program adjustments in ever-changing environments."
Libraries can use Choreo Insights for a variety of projects, including:
- Collection building: Libraries can make cost-effective purchasing decisions by analyzing collection characteristics in a collective context of peer libraries.
- DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion): Libraries are better able to analyze and address collection diversity issues.
- Academic program alignment: Libraries can determine how well a collection supports emerging job market trends and key academic programs on campus.
- Collaboration: Libraries can identify cost savings opportunities through collaboration with other libraries, typically in a group or consortium context.
Those attending the ACRL 2023 Conference can visit the OCLC booth #303 for more information. An OCLC schedule of events is on the website.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library organization that provides shared technology services, original research, and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research, and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff, and partners make breakthroughs possible.