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September 2011 | Vol. 2, No. 9 | ISSN 2152- 8993
In this issue:
When Simpson University Library's server failed, OCLC's Web- scale
Management Services prevailed
Can't get enough Good Practices: Columbus and Boston events, plus
WorldCat turns 40
Five free WorldCat Resource Sharing webinars from OCLC and WiLS
More Member Links:
Member- to- Member site
News and Events
As WorldCat turns 40 this year, we have much to celebrate. Isn't it inspiring to think
that we are part of a profession that has collaborated for four decades to build the
world's largest bibliographic database?
Universidad Metropolitana ( UMET) has been an OCLC member since 2007. The
main reason we joined the cooperative, among others, was to provide visibility to our
collection through a well- known resource. The experience of being a cataloguing
member has positioned our cataloguers among the best in the world, and we have
contributed to WorldCat's growth and development.
During my year as Member- at- Large of the Americas Regional Council ( ARC), I enjoyed learning more
María de los
Member ( 2010–
about the OCLC cooperative and sharing what it means for Universidad Metropolitana to be an OCLC
member. Most recently, Karen Lequay and I had the opportunity to express some of these sentiments
with our colleagues at ACURIL in June, and then again at IFLA in mid- August in my home, Puerto
I'm proud to have contributed my time and leadership to the ARC. I can see the results of my work and
can connect my efforts directly to one of our goals of engaging OCLC members in the Caribbean and
Latin America. From building bridges and promoting the cooperative to having the opportunity to
participate in open communication with the organization— when we speak, OCLC listens. This has
truly been an enriching and rewarding experience.
What I value most about our membership is the availability of OCLC staff. We are always connected.
We are very grateful for the personal attention we’ve received. You can see testimonies of our staff in a
video we created ( in Spanish) and posted on YouTube to share with the world. In this video, you will
see a few of the individuals from our institution who make cooperation work.
Elections for 2012– 2013 are quickly approaching. In addition to electing the next ARC Executive
Committee, we also have a current need for volunteer leadership among our Interest Groups and
Nominating Committees. I urge you to get involved in the ARC in the coming year, as we celebrate our
rich history together. Start today by sending an e- mail to regionalcouncil. americas@ oclc. org.
— María de los Ángeles
María is Lib rary Director, Universidad Metropolitana, located in Cupey, Puerto Rico. The lib rary
employs 23 individuals who work in Cupey, plus 10 more at various locations. The lib rary serves
approximately 2,600 visitors per week.
When Simpson University Library's server
failed, OCLC's Web- scale Management
Planning for the future has its perks. When Simpson
University Library's server crashed on December 13, 2010,
its staff were able to go live with OCLC Web- scale
Management Services ( WMS) within one hour.
The journey leading up to this critical point began in June 2009, when
Larry Haight, Director of Library Services, and Eric Wheeler, Reader and
Digital Services Librarian, questioned the reliability of their existing
server, which was then seven years old. When they investigated costs
to replace it, they realized that two- thirds of their costs were for services.
" Prior to becoming a WMS early adopter, we didn't rush the process,"
said Larry. " We had been watching the progress that OCLC had been
making with WMS— and it simply came down to significant cost-savings
and features. We presented our case to all of the appropriate
groups at our university, all of which agreed with our assessment: WMS
was the way to go.”
Read this member story >>
Larry Haight, Director of Library
Services, Simpson University
Eric Wheeler, Reader and Digital
Services Librarian, Simpson
News and Events
Can't get enough Good Practices: Columbus
and Boston events, plus more presentations
OCLC’s U. S.- based Member Services continues to present the event
series, Good Practices for Great Outcomes: Cataloging Efficiencies that
Make a Difference. Featuring member librarians, these in- person
meetings highlight practical approaches and ideas that increase
efficiency. These member librarians also share how their approach to
getting work done has changed.
Mark your calendar now for these Good Practices events:
October 21: OCLC headquarters, Columbus ( Dublin), OH
— Register now!
December 1: Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Visit our online portal for Good Practices for Great Outcomes to keep up
with new dates and locations for these events, and to view
presentations from past events.
We also invite you to follow us
on Twitter at @ OCLCMemServ
and join in the # goodgreatcat
View presentations from
our Good Practices event,
generously co- hosted by
Wayne State University,
Detroit, MI on June 17,
Speakers at this event
Dr. Sandra Yee,
Roy Tennant of OCLC
Executive Director of
the Detroit Area
Carole Myles, OCLC
Jody Harnish from
Ann Arbor District
Beth Callahan from
WebJunction webinar on " Innovative Use of
Skill- based Volunteers in Public Libraries"
Wednesday, October 19 | 2: 00 – 3: 00 pm Eastern
There is a growing number of younger members of our communities
( the " net- generation") who are highly skilled with technology and the
Internet, but view local public libraries as simply nice community
amenities. There is also a notable increase in semi- retired, computer
literate, actively engaged Baby Boomers. By engaging these " new
volunteers," libraries are helping to build vibrant sustainable
community support for their library. This webinar identifies the critical
issues and plan of action necessary to engage skilled- based library
WebJunction is pleased to host this webinar in collaboration with ALA
TechSource, moderated by Eileen Dumas and Preston Driggers, co-authors
of Managing Lib rary Volunteers. Panelists include Gail
Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services, Keene Public
Library ( NH); and Sonja Plummer- Morgan, Director, Mark & Emily
Turner Memorial Library ( ME).
Participate in this webinar »
WorldCat turns 40
August 26, 2011, marked the 40th anniversary of the launch of
WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive online library database.
Many librarians around the world celebrated this major milestone in the
history of the OCLC cooperative. Thousands of librarians and
catalogers around the world have cataloged more than 1.7 billion items
during this four- decade period.
As part of the day's festivities, Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO,
posted this message to the membership »
View presentations from IFLA 2011
Several presentations from IFLA, plus one publication, are now
available online! Take a moment to view what the cooperative
delivered last month during this global conference in San Juan, Puerto
OCLC Membership Matters
Winds of Change: a taxonomy of clouds for libraries
Support and Training
Five free WorldCat Resource Sharing
webinars from OCLC and WiLS
On OCLC's Training Portal, you might notice that some of the courses
include asterisks before their titles. The asterisks indicate that these
are OCLC- certified courses, meaning that the curriculum was
created by OCLC staff and the content of the course is the same—
regardless of whether the instruction is provided by OCLC or one of
its Training Partners.
This month, we are featuring five WorldCat Resource Sharing ( WCRS)
webinars. These will be instructed either by OCLC or WiLS staff, but the
curriculum is the same, no matter which date or instructor you select.
* OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing – Borrowing
October 5 | November 9
This webinar focuses on the basic procedures needed to create and manage an ILL borrowing request
using OCLC's WorldCat Resource Sharing service. From a brief overview of the FirstSearch interface to
creating ILL borrowing requests, this two- hour course provides a detailed, yet simple overview of the
* Deflection on WorldCat Resource Sharing
October 5 | November 15
This course will provide participants an understanding of how to deflect requests for items in their
collections that they hold but do not loan through ILL. This course covers how to set up, maintain and
use deflection in WCRS via the ILL Policies Directory.
* OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing – Lending
October 6 | November 10
This two- hour live online class focuses on the procedures needed to respond to an ILL request
through the WCRS service. Topics will include a review of the basic ILL cycle, options for responding to
requests using Request Manager feature and more.
* Patron- initiated Resource Sharing
October 6 | November 17
This two- hour course will cover how to implement patron- initiated resource sharing to reduce the time
staff spends processing borrowing requests. WCRS can accept requests that have been created
electronically by patrons, before library staff complete the processing the requests.
* Custom Holdings on WorldCat Resource Sharing
October 7 | November 16
This two- hour webinar demonstrates how to automate your borrowing workflow with WorldCat
Resource Sharing. By implementing custom holdings, your library staff can more quickly identify
potential lenders and route requests based on your library's preferences.
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