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Skip Prichard named OCLC President and CEO

“Skip Prichard, an experienced senior executive in the information services market, has been named the next OCLC President and CEO. Mr. Prichard has led multi-national organizations that serve libraries across the full spectrum of library services and content needs. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Ingram Content Group Inc., which provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Prior to his service at Ingram, he was President and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning, a respected global publisher and information provider serving library, education, government and corporate markets with offices around the world.” (via OCLC)

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GPO in the Top 10 List of Original Catalogers in the World

“The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) was recently named one of the top 10 original catalogers in the world in OCLC’s Annual Report for FY12. During that period, GPO added 17,310 new records for U.S. Government information products to WorldCat, a database of bibliographic information built continuously by libraries around the world and OCLC. As one of the founding members of the OCLC network in 1976, GPO has reached several important milestones as an active contributor to WorldCat over the years. In 1992, a GPO Cataloger contributed the 100,000th record to the OCLC Bibliographic Database, and in 1999, another GPO cataloger contributed the 43,000,000th record.” (via FDLP)

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OCLC and ProQuest Collaborate to Enhance Library Discovery

“ProQuest and OCLC are launching a far-reaching data exchange program that will enhance the library discovery experience for users of OCLC’s WorldCat Local service, ProQuest’s Summon® service, the full-text of ProQuest Central and ebrary e-books. The program shares metadata across some of the world’s most-widely used library resources, enriching the discoverability and comprehensiveness of all the services.”

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RLUK and OCLC pilot solution for electronic resource metadata management

“OCLC is working with several members of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) to pilot a service that brings improvements to the way libraries manage electronic resources and to users’ access of these collections. Powered by the WorldCat knowledge base, OCLC WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager delivers records for electronic materials automatically to libraries and ensures the metadata and access URLs for these collections are continually updated, significantly streamlining the processes of managing eResources.”

via Research Information

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Michael Panzer named Editor-in-Chief of the DDC system

“Michael Panzer, formerly Assistant Editor, has been named the 10th Editor-in-Chief of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system. Mr. Panzer, who becomes the first DDC Editor-in-Chief from outside the United States, replaces Joan S. Mitchell, who has retired after serving with distinction in the position since 1993. Mr. Panzer joined OCLC in May 2007 as Global Product Manager of Taxonomy Services, and was appointed Assistant Editor of the DDC in March 2009. From 2002 to 2005, he headed the technical team that translated Dewey into German. He was the first member of a Dewey translation team to be appointed Assistant Editor.”

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OCLC and Gale expand partnership

“OCLC and Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, have agreed to make all Gale databases and archives fully discoverable through WorldCat Local, and to explore broadening discoverability of Gale collections through other applications available through the OCLC WorldShare Platform. OCLC and Gale have been offering access to some of Gale’s most popular databases to mutual subscribers through the WorldCat Local discovery and delivery service. This new agreement will enable OCLC to index metadata and full text for all Gale databases and scholarly archives and make them discoverable through WorldCat Local for mutual subscribers.”

via Cengage Learning

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OCLC Innovation in Libraries videos

“The videos from Innovation in Libraries are finally ready! And a shout out to all video content producers, because each time we work on large numbers of videos I am reminded how labor-intensive the editing, uploading, description process can be. But hooray! Now even if you weren’t able to attend Innovation in Libraries, you can still benefit from the collective wisdom shared at the post-LITA event back in October. All the videos–including Phil Simon, our keynote speaker–are available in a single Innovation in Libraries playlist on YouTube.”

via OCLC Developer Network

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National Library of Poland will add 1.3 million more records to WorldCat

“The National Library of Poland (Biblioteka Narodowa) and OCLC have signed an agreement to add 1.3 million Polish library records to WorldCat. Once the records from the National Library of Poland have been added to WorldCat, they will be discoverable on the web through popular search and partner sites, and through WorldCat.org. ‘Biblioteka Narodowa is looking forward to the great worldwide visibility that WorldCat can offer,’ commented Tomasz Makowski, director general of the National Library of Poland. ‘And of course we’re very happy with the efficiencies we can achieve by using WorldCat for copy cataloguing.”

via Research Information

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More libraries join OCLC WorldShare Management Services community

“Sixteen more libraries have announced that they have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services, the first cooperative, Webscale library management services that streamline cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflows with a powerful discovery and delivery tool for library users. OCLC WorldShare Management Services enable libraries to share infrastructure costs and resources, as well as collaborate in ways that free them from the restrictions of local hardware and software. Libraries using WorldShare Management Services find that they are able to reduce the time needed for traditional tasks and free staff time for higher-priority services.”

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OCLC to expand Geek the Library campaign with increased support

“Geek the Library, OCLC’s community awareness campaign designed to highlight the value of public libraries, has received $1,924,883 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to extend participation in the program to 1,000 additional libraries through June 2015. The funding allows increased emphasis on library staff planning and implementation of the program, and will help staff build on the knowledge and skills they need to be effective advocates for libraries in their communities.”

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