21 February 2008 - Issue 2
OCLC unveils Global Web Site
The new oclc. org is a consolidated web presence that
brings together sites for every geographic region OCLC
serves, providing a single access point for global and
regional information about OCLC.
The new site went live 11 February and is another step in an
ongoing process of change to serve libraries as a global
cooperative with a global strategy and global focus.
Visitors to oclc. org arrive at a new gateway where they can
select their preferred regional site and language. One of the
goals of the new site is to bring together and integrate all
regional web sites for OCLC, making them consistent in
design and architecture. The content at each regional site is
localised and translated for that location.
The regional sites available are:
Latin America and the Caribbean
United Kingdom and Ireland
OCLC welcomes your feedback on the new design and its
usability. You’ll find a feedback link at the bottom of the
home page enabling you to send comments.
View the new site.
New date for CONTENTdm Webinar in
The first European CONTENTdm webinar, " Where do we go
from here?" has proven to be highly topical choice. A new
date has now been announced on Wednesday 5th March at
10.30 am ( GMT), to satisfy the demand.
The webinar is focused on giving European libraries and
archives an introduction into the processes behind
digitisation. Also a chance to find out what we have learnt
from the many US and European libraries who have digitised
their collections to date using CONTENTdm.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde extends
OLIB, OCLC’s library management system designed
specifically for the special library market, has been
successfully implemented in a further nine hospital
libraries in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, extending
the wide range of library, information and e- learning
services it provides to over 30,000 staff.
Originally implemented in two teaching hospitals in the
South Glasgow University Hospitals Division, OLIB has now
been extended to provide a networked library management
solution offering a single catalogue to libraries at Glasgow
Royal Infirmary, Gartnavel General Hospital, Beatson West of
Scotland Cancer Centre, Stobhill Hospital, Western
Infirmary, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Inverclyde Royal
Hospital, Royal Hospital for Sick Children ( Yorkhill) and the
Public Education Resource Library.
OCLC and CILIP co- host digital library
Rapid expansion of digitisation and the growth of
virtual reference services are creating new challenges
for public, academic and corporate librarians. So CILIP
has joined forces with OCLC to provide sound,
practical advice on the challenges and opportunities
The programme will present initiatives in which libraries are
either actively engaging or taking their first tentative steps.
Expert speakers will help answer the question of whether
these developments are meeting an explicit need or the
community is just riding the crest of a technological wave.
Industry and Library Case Studies from Yahoo! Answers,
Luton Libraries and the University of Wolverhampton will
provide practical experience, while a special Digital Futures
Forum will feature a presentation on delivering web- scale
services. It will show how librarians can compete with web
giants and remain relevant to users. There will be plenty of
opportunities for discussion and debate with the speakers.
The event titled " Meeting the Challenge of the Digital
Library" takes place on 17 April at CILIP Headquarters in
London. For more information and to register visit the CILIP
NetLibrary announces new publisher
NetLibrary, OCLC's platform for eContent and the
leading provider of eBooks for the institutional library
market, has announced agreements with 21 leading
publishers that will add thousands of new eBooks and
eAudiobooks to NetLibrary's growing catalogue of
more than 160,000 titles.
New publisher partners adding eContent to NetLibrary
A& C Black, one of the leading educational publishers in the
UK, producing books in business, arts, wildlife, reference,
and children’s titles. It is most famous for its publication of
Who’s Who since 1897.
Encyclopedia Britannica is a leader in reference and
education publishing and now offers many of its award-winning
products in eBook format including the Britannica
Almanac, the Britannica Illustrated Science Library, My First
Britannica, New Views of the Solar System, the Britannica
Concise Encyclopedia and Britannica's Encyclopedia of World
Religions, as well as some in audio format.
Garnet Publishing and Ithaca Press are leading English-language
publishers of academic books devoted to the
Middle East and Arab world, with titles covering the fields of
architecture, art, cookery, culture, heritage and history of
the Middle East and Islam.
Harriman House is one of the UK's leading independent
publishers of finance, business, economic and political books
covering a wide range of subjects from personal finance,
small business and lifestyle, to stock market investing,
trading and professional guides.
Read the full list of publishers.
OCLC acquires EZproxy
EZproxy, the leading software solution for serving
library patrons remotely, has been acquired by OCLC
from Useful Utilities of Peoria, Arizona. Useful Utilities
founder Chris Zagar will join OCLC as a full- time
consultant. Mr. Zagar will help ensure a smooth
transition of EZproxy operations to OCLC, the world’s
largest library service and research organization, and
assist OCLC in developing state- of- the- art
authentication services for the cooperative.
EZproxy software allows libraries to manage access and
authentication configurations through a proxy server so that
library users do not have to make any configuration changes
to their personal Web browsers.
More than 2,400 institutions in over 60 countries have
purchased EZproxy software. OCLC will honor EZproxy's
current service arrangement for existing and new customers
whereby licensees continue to enjoy access to new releases
of EZproxy and technical support at no additional charge.
Additionally, OCLC is planning to connect local instances of
OCLC unveils global
OCLC/ CILIP Executive
CONTENTdm ® Webinar
NHS Greater Glasgow
and Clyde extend OLIB
Blue Ribbon Task Force
Thoughts on the future
OCLC acquires EZproxy
Deadline for 2009
IFLA/ OCLC Fellowship
First group catalogue
14 March 2008
CILIP LMS Suppliers
30 March - 1 April
7- 8 April 2008
17 April 2008
OCLC/ CILIP Excecutive
Subscribe to this
Unsubscribe from this
Please tell us your
w www. oclc. org
e emea@ oclc. org
2316 XA Leiden
T + 31-( 0) 71- 524 65 00
Please distribute this
Charlotte Boulnois, Library Services Manger, South Glasgow
Division, commented “ The OLIB system worked smoothly
from day one providing our clinicians with access to the right
information quickly and efficiently through OLIB’s intuitive
OPAC. OCLC understood the complexities of the NHS and our
needs for a system that could be configured to meet our
individual requirements. So when it came to implementing a
unified system across the Health Board Area we knew that
OLIB could cope with the problems, complexities and
opportunities that would occur with such a large and diverse
number of libraries.”
For more information on OLIB email uk@ oclc. org.
Task Force on Sustainable Digital
Preservation and Access named
International leaders offering a variety of interests
and areas expertise have been named to a
distinguished Blue Ribbon Task Force to develop
actionable recommendations for the economic
sustainability of preservation of and persistent access
to digital information for future generations.
The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital
Preservation and Access is co- chaired by Fran Berman,
director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at
University of California, San Diego and a pioneer in data
cyberinfrastructure; and Brian Lavoie, a research scientist
and economist with OCLC, the world's largest library service
and research organisation.
" This Task Force is uniquely composed of people with
economic and technical expertise," said Lucy Nowell,
Program Director for the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the
National Science Foundation, in announcing the members of
the task force. " We believe this rare combination will enable
the group to explore dimensions of the sustainability
challenge that have never been addressed before, and make
the societal and institutional cases for supporting data
The Task Force members include Paul Ayris, Director of
Library Services, the University College of London, England
and Chris Rusbridge, Director, Digital Curation Centre,
University of Edinburgh.
Read the full list of members.
" Delivering the goods: Thoughts on the
future of ILL?"
Katie Birch, OCLC Portfolio Manager, will be presenting at the
Nordic ILL conference - in Stockholm 6- 8 October.
This paper will focus on resource sharing as we move
towards 2010, and how the landscape is changing. Is inter-library
lending the library’s Long Tail? What are the barriers
to reinventing inter- library lending? And how can these
barriers be broken down?
This paper will explore initiatives, projects and innovations
taking place around the world in the inter- library arena. It
will discuss all aspects of ILL from patron initiated
requesting, unmediated requesting, copyright, electronic
document and home delivery, as well as policies and fee
management. We will discuss alternatives to ILL – buy it
options and how they can be integrated in to inter- library
lending workflow and the library workflow as a whole.
Deadline for 2009 IFLA/ OCLC Fellowship
applications is March 7
The application deadline for the 2009 IFLA/ OCLC Early
Career Development Fellowship Program is March 7, 2008.
This program, jointly sponsored by the American Theological
Library Association, the International Federation of Library
Associations and Institutions ( IFLA) and OCLC, provides
early career development and continuing education for
library and information science professionals from countries
with developing economies.
Up to five individuals, including a theological librarian, will be
selected for participation in this intensive five- week
Fellowship program. Four weeks are based at OCLC
headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA; one week is based at
OCLC in Leiden, Netherlands. The program includes lectures,
seminars and mentoring, and gives Fellows opportunities to
explore topics including information technologies, library
operations and management, and global cooperative
Read more and download the application form here.
EZproxy to WorldCat. org, creating new value for licensees
and their users. By surfacing EZproxy in WorldCat. org, end
users outside of the library will have better access to library
collections and services through WorldCat.
WorldCat Facebook application now
The new WorldCat Facebook application provides access to
WorldCat searches and user- created lists from personalized
pages within a Facebook account.
The application includes a home screen with the WorldCat
search box, as well as quick links to WorldCat searches
based on topics listed in a Facebook profile as personal
interests. The application also includes:
a built- in, advanced WorldCat search;
a panel that allows users to invite other Facebook friends
to install WorldCat;
a " Something to Read" panel that displays books recently
added to WorldCat lists; and
a " Favorite WorldCat Lists" panel where users track their
own lists or those of other WorldCat users.
Learn more here.
First union catalogue and WorldCat
synchronised in real time
Every update in the Dutch union catalogue NCC is now
automatically available in WorldCat thanks to the SRU
update. By making this real- time update available,
OCLC delivers on its promise to make local and group
catalogues more visible on a global level through
WorldCat. The automatic update from various regional
union catalogues adds to the value of WorldCat as the
most comprehensive and efficient global library
The new capabilities for updates achieved for the Dutch
union catalogue NCC will also become available for other
union catalogue services based on the CBS platform, which
is offered in large parts of Germany, France, the United
Kingdom and Australia. These live updates to group level
catalogues will enhance their contributions to the WorldCat
database with even better data and updated records.
Creating live updates between local, group and global level
catalogues is in line with OCLC’s commitment to connect
libraries, with each other as well as with their users. By
doing so, local libraries get a stronger position and reach a
webscale that enables them to be a serious and reliable
alternative for information now often sourced elsewhere.
SRU update ( a modernization of the Z39.50 extended
service update and Union Catalogue Profile) is a very
important piece for cooperating union catalogues. Batch
loads are less immediate and require some handling. With
tightly aligned databases it is possible for each union
catalogue to access each others' enriched content.
OCLC WorldMap: Visualising information
about collections and libraries worldwide
The OCLC WorldMap is a prototype system that provides an
interactive tool for selecting and displaying international
library holdings represented in WorldCat, as well as
publishing, library, cultural heritage and population data.
The OCLC WorldMap allows users to select countries of
interest, then to compare various library holding and data by
country. WorldMap will generate interactive graphs that
compare several different kinds of data for up to four
countries at a time.
copyright © 2007 OCLC disclaimer
Click tabs to swap between content that is broken into logical sections.