OCLC eNews: Australia and New Zealand, Issue 1

July - August 2013

Welcome to OCLC eNews for Australia and New Zealand. OCLC eNews helps our members in Australia and New Zealand connect with the latest OCLC research, advocacy, campaigns and products. Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organisation dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs.

In this edition of eNews, we have a number of new initiatives to share with you from our new WorldShare ILL service to our rapidly growing WorldShare Management Services community. There is even a new President and a new OCLC Website!


OCLC WorldShare

Libraries in Australia now live with OCLC WorldShare Management Services.

Fourteen libraries in Australia have completed implementation and are now live with OCLC WorldShare®Management Services. These libraries join more than 120 libraries worldwide using the cloud-based library management services that simplify operations, streamline workflows, offer new opportunities for collaboration, and provide powerful discovery and delivery services for library users.  

“Coming onboard with WorldShare and being part of the WorldCat community has been very exciting,” said Karin Gilbert, Head of the Learning Resource Centre, Lowther Hall. “The product development is excellent, updates are regular and reflect the input we give, and we feel excited to be part of this innovative product and community.”

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Included in the list of Australian libraries in full implementation of WorldShare® Management Services are:

  • Auburn City Library Service (New South Wales)
  • Collie Public Library (Western Australia)
  • The Hutchins School (Tasmania)
  • Isaac Regional Council Libraries (Queensland)
  • Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School (Victoria)
  • Mazenod College (Victoria)
  • Monash Health Libraries (Melbourne)
  • Plantagenet Public Libraries (Western Australia)
  • Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview
  • St Mary’s Newman Academic Centre, University of Melbourne (Victoria)
  • St Michael’s Collegiate School (Tasmania)
  • Somerset College (Queensland)
  • Shore, Sydney Church of England Grammar School (New South Wales)
  • Trinity Theological College, Leederville (Western Australia)

“Our implementation went quite smoothly thanks to the dedication and hard work of the OCLC support team in Melbourne,” said Alison Kidman, Manager of Information Services, Shire of Collie. “We are very pleased to now offer our patrons a far more enriching online experience that WorldCat brings, and look forward to incorporating further developments.”

OCLC staff in Melbourne has extensive experience in supporting libraries in Australia and New Zealand and worked closely with libraries in the region to facilitate implementation and support of the WorldShare Management Services. “These libraries are leading OCLC’s new, innovative approach to cooperative library management services in this part of the world,” said Chris Thewlis, OCLC Regional Manager, Australia/New Zealand. “We expect other institutions will follow their lead.”

WorldShare Management Services offer unified, Web-based applications—from acquisitions and circulation, to metadata and license management, resource sharing and analytics—to streamline workflows, and create new value for their institutions and users. They also offer the ability to manage collections of print, electronic and digital material from start-to-finish.  The integration of license management features into interlibrary loan processes set WorldShare Management Services apart from traditional integrated library systems.

To support WorldShare Management Services for members in Australia and New Zealand, OCLC began operating a new data center in Sydney, Australia, in March 2012. The Sydney center employs state-of-the-art technologies to ensure high-level performance, reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness. In addition, the new center enables OCLC to comply with access and data privacy requirements in Australia and New Zealand, and adhere to technical standards that promote the cost-effective, worldwide sharing of information across platforms. And to demonstrate OCLC’s commitment to information security, OCLC obtained its ISO 27001 certification in February 2012.

Find more information about OCLC WorldShare Management Services on the OCLC website.


WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is now available to all libraries that subscribe to WorldCat Resource Sharing. WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will go beyond traditional interlibrary loan to provide a truly integrated delivery solution. It will integrate discovery and delivery of electronic, digital and print materials within a single interface. It will also support evolving workflow changes, such as the option to purchase needed items rather than borrow them. Librarians can learn to use the new service with a range of training and documentation resources on the OCLC Support and Training website. This service will replace the existing WorldCat Resource Sharing Service in December 2013 when access to WorldCat Resource Sharing ends.


27 libraries in Australia and New Zealand make collections available online with OCLC’s CONTENTdm.

Twenty-seven libraries throughout Australia and New Zealand are part of the more than 2,500 libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions around the world using OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software to manage their digital collections and make them available on the Web. Of the 27 libraries, 25 are part of the CONTENTdm software “quick start” program, which makes each Te Puna member, Amlib, VDX or OCLC WorldShare Management Services user eligible for its own CONTENTdm license hosted in the OCLC Sydney Data Center at no additional cost.


CONTENTdm Featured Collection.

Organisations worldwide are using CONTENTdm digital collection management software to create thousands of outstanding digital collections and to provide easy access to their unique holdings.

Our featured collection for July-August is the Heritage Collection of Hamilton City Libraries. They have a rich collection of photographs, archives, posters, catalogues, maps and much more.

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OCLC WorldCat

New WorldCat Metadata API will enable OCLC members, partners to build new applications for libraries to catalog in WorldCat.

OCLC has launched the new WorldCat Metadata API that will enable member libraries and partners to build and share applications on the OCLC WorldShare Platform for libraries to catalog their collections in WorldCat. The WorldCat Metadata API supports a variety of cataloging functionality for libraries to catalog their collections in WorldCat. Libraries will be able to create applications with the new API to add new and enrich existing WorldCat bibliographic records, and maintain WorldCat institution holdings and local bibliographic data.

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OCLC WorldCat Live: A New (and Very Cool) Experimental Resource From OCLC Research.

Libraries are incubators of innovation. Students, scholars, inventors, writers and leaders throughout history have turned to libraries for information, assistance and inspiration. In order to help foster that spirit, OCLC explores new and changing technologies that improve information services for libraries and their users. The WorldCat Live! API provides an easy-to-consume real-time feed of newly added items to the WorldCat global catalogue of library collections and published materials. 

Check out all of the experimental projects that we're working on here.

Major global publishers to add new content to WorldCat.

OCLC has signed new agreements with leading publishers around the world to add more books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases to WorldCat, the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries worldwide. This new content will be integrated into library management workflows and will be discoverable by users through a variety of OCLC services, such as WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org.

WorldCat database reaches 2 billion holdings.

WorldCat the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries around the world, has reached another major milestone with the addition of its 2 billionth holding. On Saturday, May 4, at 2:58 a.m. (MDT), the holding symbol for the University of Alberta Libraries, in Edmonton, was set through an automated process to the WorldCat record for the e-book, Evaluation of the City of Lakes Family Health Team Patient Portal Pilot Project: Final Report, published in 2012 by the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research. It was the 2 billionth holding set in WorldCat. The e-book catalog record was created by the Canadian Electronic Book Library, an e-book provider in Canada, and was enhanced through OCLC’s automated authority control processing system.


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 organisations 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. Mr. Prichard will succeed Jay Jordan, who retired June 30 after 15 years as OCLC President and CEO.


Greetings from our newest staff member: Ryan Sutherland, Senior Software Engineer, Australia/New Zealand.

 “My name is Ryan Sutherland, and I’ve recently arrived at OCLC Melbourne to work on the batch loading for WorldShare.  For the past 12 years I have been working as a software developer for OCLC in the Netherlands, where my major projects were the development of the batch loading and global changes software for the CBS system.  Most recently, I was heavily involved in the data loading for the International Standard Name Identifier project (www.isni.org), which brought a different set of challenges than the loading of bibliographic data.  I originally hail from Victoria, BC in Canada, and I have also spent some years living in Montreal and Toronto; now that I’m in Melbourne, though, I do have a bit of a laugh when I hear my new colleagues describing the “winter” weather here as “cold.”

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The IFLA World Library and Information Congress is the international flagship professional and trade event for the library and information services sector. It brings together over 3,500 participants from more than 120 countries. It sets the international agenda for the profession and offers opportunities for networking and professional development to all delegates.

In 2013, Singapore plays host to IFLA, and OCLC will be there! If you will be too, please visit the OCLC stand A101.

Your OCLC cooperative colleagues have organised a series of presentations open to all IFLA registrants, including:

Libraries in Australia and New Zealand create digital success with CONTENTdm
Presenter: Angus Cook, Sales Consultant
Date: Monday, August 19   
Time: 16:00 - 17:00 (4:00pm – 5:00pm)
Location: Suntec Singapore International Convention Centre & Exhibition, Room 329
WorldShare Management Services Results and Revelations
Presenter: Chris Thewlis, Regional Manager, Australia
Date: Tuesday, August 20  
Time: 14:00 - 15:30 (2:00pm – 3:30pm)
Location: Suntec Singapore International Convention Centre & Exhibition, Room 329

Registration for OCLC sessions are now open: http://oc.lc/IFLA2013

ASLA 2013

The Curriculum Experience: Connect, Integrate, Lead

28 September, 2013 - 1 October, 2013
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, Tasmania

The Australian School Library Association Inc. (ASLA) is a national authority in the field of teacher librarianship and school library resource services. The ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference aims to bring together professionals to engage, celebrate, debate and explore the challenges and issues of teacher librarianship and school libraries.

Please join Susie Thorpe for the presentation ‘A different way of doing things (K-12)’ on Monday, 30 September at 12:00pm. Please also visit OCLC at trade stand number 1 to discuss OCLC WorldShare™ Management Services, WorldCat Local, CONTENTdm, Dewey Services and more.

Can’t make it to ASLA? OCLC are happy to arrange an OCLC WorldShare™ Management Services demonstration for your school at a convenient time. For more information please contact australia@oclc.org

Celebrating 10 Years WebJunction

OCLC’s WebJunction Marks 10 Years of Supporting and Serving Libraries.

On May 12, 2003, a celebration at the U.S. Library of Congress marked the launch of WebJunction.org, a new online community dedicated to sharing the knowledge and resources necessary for libraries to successfully provide public access to information.

10 years later, WebJunction has grown and sustained a virtual gathering place where library staff build skills and find support in responding to the changing learning needs of the profession. More than 80,000 library workers across the world—including 8,740 new users in 2012—have used WebJunction's training content, live programs, articles and stories to gain the knowledge, tools and support that are needed to power vital libraries.

NextSpace Issue 21 cover

Issue 21 of NextSpace, the OCLC Magazine, is now online. Featuring:

  • Jay’s final “President’s Report”
  • Our cover story, “From community to technology… and back again. Part 2—the networked library.” [Part 1 can be found here]
  • How the Little Free Library project connects communities through reading in 36 countries
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the OCLC/ALISE Library & Information Science Grant Program w/ Lynn Connaway.
  • An advocacy update; and more.

You can also download a PDF of the entire issue. Enjoy!