Tag Archives: OCLC

320 million records from ProQuest Central now discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services

“More than 320 million records from 88 collections in the award-winning ProQuest® Central database are now discoverable, and the full text associated with those records is now accessible to mutual subscribers through OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services. The new discovery experience is possible through a data exchange agreement signed in 2013 by OCLC and ProQuest to enhance library discovery for users of WorldCat Discovery Services and the ProQuest Central full-text database. The program shares metadata from some of the world’s most-widely used library collections, enriching the content and creating connections for users of both ProQuest Central and WorldCat Discovery.” (via ProQuest)

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PALNI is first academic library group to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services

“The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), which provides library automation services to 23 institutions, is the first academic group to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its cloud-based library management system. WorldShare Management Services is an integrated suite of library management applications—from acquisitions and circulation, to metadata and license management, resource sharing and analytics—designed to simplify and streamline workflows, reduce costs and create new value for libraries and their users.” (via OCLC)

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New data and visualizations available on MARC Usage in WorldCat site

“OCLC Research is studying utilization rates of MARC tags and subfields in WorldCat and producing tools and reports to ultimately inform decisions about where we go from here with the data that has been encoded using the MARC standard. The MARC Usage in WorldCat website has been updated with October 2013 reports and with two new data visualizations. One visualization depicts every field by format and then by tag in a zoomable starburst diagram, and the other depicts every field first by tag and then by format in a zoomable starburst. Actual numbers can be seen while hovering over the tag.” (via OCLC)

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OCLC Research work analyzing system-wide print library services and collections documented in new report

“Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections brings together the important work that OCLC Research has done for the community in providing a quantitative, analytic, system-wide view of library collections. This body of work has established an evidence base that has allowed and encouraged libraries to begin the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and “above-the-institution” management strategies.” (via OCLC)

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Lorcan Dempsey’s slides from NISO virtual conference keynote available

“OCLC Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist Lorcan Dempsey presented “Library Discovery: Past, Present and Some Futures” as the keynote at the NISO virtual conference, Web-Scale Discovery Services: Transforming Access to Library Resources. This presentation considers the factors which led to the current focus on integrated discovery layers, discusses some characteristics of the general network discovery environment in which libraries sit, and suggests some emerging trends and issues in library discovery to provide broader context for the NISO virtual conference, which touched on both the potential of discovery services as well as some of the issues involved.” (via OCLC)

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OCLC and Yelp increase visibility of libraries on the Web

“OCLC, the nonprofit computer library service and research organization, is working with Yelp, the leading website and mobile app that connects consumers with great local businesses, to increase public access to local library information.Yelp is integrating information from the database of library listings maintained through the OCLC Library Spotlight program to supplement existing library listings on Yelp.com. Information provided through OCLC has already been added to over 1,400 library listings on Yelp.com, ensuring that accurate addresses, phone numbers, hours and other information will be available in addition to information already listed on Yelp.” (via OCLC)

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OCLC and ProQuest work together to automate e-book collection management

“A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles. The initiative builds on OCLC’s work with ProQuest’s e-book businesses to support Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) workflow and e-book access.” (via PRNewswire)

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New paper explains how data reuse helps novice researchers join academic communities of practice

“Written by Adam Kriesberg, Rebecca D. Frank, Ixchel M. Faniel and Elizabeth Yakel, “The Role of Data Reuse in the Apprenticeship Process” describes how data reuse provides a pathway to internalizing disciplinary norms and methods of inquiry for novice quantitative social scientists, archaeologists and zoologists on their way to becoming members of their respective disciplinary communities. The paper will be published in the forthcoming ASIS&T 2013 Annual Meeting Proceedings.” (via OCLC

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Consortial Book Circulation Patterns: The OCLC-OhioLINK Study

“The OhioLINK consortium and OCLC Research collected and analyzed circulation data for libraries within the consortium. The study, which examines the circulation of 28,475,701 items from over 100 academic libraries, is the largest and most diverse compilation of academic usage data for books ever collected.” (via ACRL)

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“Shifts in Scholarly Attention Among World Regions” presentation by Dr. Charles Kurzman now available

“Dr. Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, presented “Shifts in Scholarly Communications Among World Regions” at the OCLC Research Briefing at UNC Chapel Hill on 7 June 2013. At this event, Dr. Kurzman presented his research on changing academic attention to world regions over the past 50 years, “attention” as measured by analyzing works published about each region of the world and collected in U.S. academic libraries for each year of publication since 1958.  The patterns that emerge from this research will help to inform social scientists and educational policymakers about trends and possible gaps in scholarly attention to different regions of the world.” (via OCLC)

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