Publishers add e-book metadata to WorldCat

This new WorldCat metadata will be integrated into library management workflows using OCLC’s cataloging services and discoverable by users through a variety of library discovery services, including WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org.

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New program helps libraries manage and share print collections using WorldCat

The OCLC Shared Print Management Program enables libraries to register shared print collections holdings in WorldCat so that they can collaborate closely to more efficiently manage these collections.

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Library Services in the Digital Age

Patrons embrace new technologies—and would welcome more. But many still want printed books to hold their central place.

  • 80 percent of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide.
  • 80 percent say reference librarians are a “very important” service of libraries.
  • 77 percent say free access to computers and the Internet is a “very important” service of libraries.

A notable share of Americans say they would embrace even wider uses of technology at libraries, such as:

  • Online research services allowing patrons to pose questions and get answers from librarians.
  • Apps-based access to library materials and programs.
  • Access to technology “petting zoos” to try out new devices.
  • GPS-navigation apps to help patrons locate material inside library buildings.
  • “Redbox”-style lending machines or kiosks located throughout the community where people can check out books, movies or music without having to go to the library itself.
  • “Amazon”-style customized book/audio/video recommendation schemes that are based on patrons’ prior library behavior.

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COMMUNITY

Check out NextSpace issue #20 online

  • Cover story
    From community to technology ... and back again
  • Research
    Exploring shifting changes in user engagement

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Self-Directed Achievement: if you give staff an hour
February 7, 2013

This webinar shares how staff at the Tooele City Library implemented a “Self-Directed Achievement” model for staff development.

 
 

How Libraries can meet the Evolving Needs of Patrons in the Digital Age
February 13, 2013

A webinar presenting research from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, providing insight on what types of services Americans value in their library.

MEMBERSHIP

OCLC member libraries around the world:

Universidad del Valle de México, Aguascalientes Campus
Aguascalientes, México
OCLC symbol: MXUVG

Universidad Tecnológica de México
México City, Mexico
OCLC symbol: MXUTZ

Ivy Tech Community College, Wabash Valley
Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
OCLC symbol: XXWTH

Staatsarchiv Freiburg
Freiburg, Germany
OCLC symbol: DESFB

Opotiki District Library
Opotiki, New Zealand
OCLC symbol: NZOPO

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WORLDCAT UPDATE

Number of records

289,764,508


Number of holdings

1,942,311,826

Numbers are updated weekly and reflect only records contributed by libraries. Article-level metadata is not included.

 
 
 

WorldCat is the world’s most comprehensive database of library materials. Updated at a rate of nearly one new record every second, WorldCat contains bibliographic records and holdings contributed by more than 11,000 libraries around the world. Learn more »

WorldCat.org is a Web portal to the global WorldCat catalog with a supporting program of data syndication that makes your library's collection discoverable virtually anywhere on the Web, including major search engines such as Google and Yahoo!. Learn more »


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