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IMLS Focus: Engaging Communities report available

“Prepared by OCLC Research, IMLS Focus: Engaging Communities summarizes the June 2015 IMLS forum that focused on surfacing strategies for the field and emphasizing agency priorities, including helping underserved communities, fostering civic engagement, and making libraries accessible to all. The report offers insight into how libraries and their partners can develop community-driven projects and concludes with three takeaway questions for participants.” (via OCLC)

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OCLC to launch linked data pilot with seven leading libraries

“OCLC is working with seven leading libraries in a pilot program designed to learn more about how linked data will influence library workflows in the future. The Person Entity Lookup pilot will help library professionals reduce redundant data by linking related sets of person identifiers and authorities. Pilot participants will be able to surface WorldCat Person entities, including 109 million brief descriptions of authors, directors, musicians and others that have been mined from WorldCat, the world’s largest resource of library metadata.” (via OCLC)

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IMLS awards grants to OCLC

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded grants to OCLC, including two National Leadership Grants for Libraries and one Laura Bush 21st Century Grant. National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance library and archival practice with new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely replicated. The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty and library leaders.” (via OCLC)

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OCLC named among Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in Information Technology

OCLC, the global library technology service and research organization based in Dublin, Ohio, has been named among Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT. It is the 10th consecutive year OCLC has been selected as one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals. This honor is part of the IT publication’s annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, which is published in the June 22 issue of Computerworld and available online at Computerworld.com. OCLC placed at number 26 on the 2015 list, in the Small Companies category (fewer than 2,500 employees). (via OCLC)

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Four Kentucky university libraries select OCLC WorldShare Management Services

“Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as their library management system. WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite. WMS offers librarians a cost-effective way to manage workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services for their students, faculty and staff. The four university libraries are members of the State Assisted Academic Library Council of Kentucky (SAALCK), which was formed more than 40 years ago by the deans of the academic libraries to provide an opportunity to meet and discuss common needs and concerns.” (via OCLC)

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22 ATLA libraries now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services

“Twenty-two member libraries of the American Theological Library Association are now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as their library management system. WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite. WMS offers librarians a cost-effective way to manage workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services for their users.” (via OCLC)

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Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities Between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLC

“Jointly released by OCLC and the Library of Congress, this white paper compares and contrasts the compatible linked data initiatives at both institutions.  It is an executive summary of a more detailed technical analysis that will be released later this year.” (via OCLC)

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New grants awarded to OCLC strengthen continuing education and professional development for U.S. information workers

“OCLC has received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to advance and sustain professional development and continuing education for information workers across the United States. The grants will support continued work of the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums to produce strategies for effective staff learning programs, and will identify new opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration among archives, library and museum organizations.” (via OCLC)

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RLUK and OCLC partner for shared collection management and visibility goals

“OCLC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a consortium of the largest research organisations in the UK and Ireland, today announced an expanded partnership that will help RLUK achieve key strategic objectives for shared collection management and resource discovery. Building on existing OCLC cataloguing arrangements, the new agreement offers RLUK members the opportunity to load their bibliographic metadata into WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library holdings and services. This data will then be used to facilitate better understanding and visibility of these resources for both RLUK as a group, and for individual members of the consortium.” (via OCLC)

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OCLC Research publishes preprint of “Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting”

“Written by Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas, and Brian Lavoie, “Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting” [pdf] takes a broad view of the evolution of collecting behaviors in a network environment and suggests some future directions based on various simple models.” (via OCLC)

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