OCLC Abstracts

30 September 2013  /  Vol. 16 No. 39  /  ISSN 1932-4847


OCLC WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager reaches one-year anniversary

Initially launched in the Americas, OCLC continues to pilot this service in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as Australia and New Zealand to make sure it addresses localized needs moving forward. Over the last year, 119 libraries and groups in eight countries have used the service to maintain holdings in WorldCat and automatically output 47 million MARC records to provide continually updated metadata in their discovery interface. The Collection Manager team says thanks to those member libraries that joined us during our first year! Learn more about Collection Manager »


Use of small and rural libraries grows in the Digital Age

New data provide first federal look at these important community institutions

Rural and small public libraries in the United States are community anchors, providing critical services and resources to meet a variety of local needs. The IMLS brief, The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States, provides the agency’s first targeted analysis of trends for rural and small library services. More »


Join us October 9 to hear how two libraries enhanced their users’ online experience with CONTENTdm

Library staff at Des Plaines Public Library and University of Texas at San Antonio will talk about how they used CONTENTdm to engage users with the power of their digital collections. More »

Recordings now available from The Metadata [R]evolution: Transformative Opportunities

More than 1,000 people participated in person and virtually at this September 18 Collective Insight event at Johns Hopkins University, which featured James G. Neal, Vice President for Information and University Librarian, Columbia University and his talk “Data, Data in the Cloud, Libraries are Clearly Well-Endowed.” More »

Upcoming Events

8 October 2013

Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics

This webinar expands on basic premises and practices of reader’s advisory, exploring new ways to address the needs of your library’s core constituency of readers.

Venue: Webinar

Time: 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time


15 October 2013

Getting off the Island: Collaborating to Create Boundless Collections

Collections today can extend well beyond the walls of any one library sparking new and unconventional partnerships across library types.

Venue: Loyola Marymount University and online

Time: 09:00 AM – 03:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time



OCLC member libraries around the world.

Robert Janss School Library, Idaho Department of Correction
Boise, Idaho, USA
OCLC symbol: IDSCI

Comune di Pieve di Bono - Biblioteca
Pieve di Bono, Italy
OCLC symbol: ITABH

La Chaux-de-Fonds—Bibliothèque de la Ville
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
OCLC symbol: CHVCF


Number of languages in WorldCat.


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 »