OCLC eNews: Australia and New Zealand, Issue 4

January - February 2014

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 focus on EZproxy in Australia and New Zealand; WorldCat Discovery Services; meeting the E-Resources Challenge; and much more.

OCLC EZproxy

EZproxy in Australia and New Zealand

EZproxy is the most widely used authentication and remote access software for libraries in the world. It manages institutional data about staff and users, domains and IT settings plus libraries electronic collections to facilitate access to online materials both inside and outside institutional IP ranges. The service ensures that a users interaction and engagement with their library’s e-resources can be the same, wherever they happen to be when accessing them.

Since OCLC acquired EZproxy more than 5 years ago, there have been significant updates and enhancements to the service alongside dedicated support and maintenance activities undertaken by the cooperative. To support ongoing enhancements to the EZproxy service, the cooperative will be introducing significant changes to the way EZproxy is offered in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Firstly, OCLC will be offering EZproxy Hosted, ideal for libraries that do not have the resources or expertise to manage EZproxy themselves or would benefit from EZproxy running on a separate network.
  • Secondly, for libraries running EZproxy on their own network an annual subscription model is being introduced.

An annual subscription will give your library:

  • Automatic upgrades. Upgrades to new software versions at no additional charge during the term of your subscription.
  • Expanded reporting capabilities to support management decisions.  Over time, more reporting capabilities will be added to the statistics you receive about use of the services accessed through EZproxy. You will receive these additional reporting capabilities as part of your ongoing subscription.
  • Local support for your library’s EZproxy implementation. An expanded list of database configurations  will support a wider range of content moving forward. Additional technical documentation with more how-to guides and a complete set of configuration options will help simplify the implementation process for libraries new to EZproxy.
  • Integration of EZproxy authentication with OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services applications.

The next version software release for EZproxy is planned for mid-year 2014. Subscribing libraries can expect to receive the EZproxy Web Service Key (WSKey) - which enables the new software binaries download - at least a month before the updated version is available. Our 2014 releases will concentrate on IPV6 and reporting capabilities.

As an institution that currently uses EZproxy, your library may choose to not maintain an annual subscription. If so, your library will:

  • Be able to use the version of EZproxy software now in place at your library. Your library may download the January 2014 release however you will no longer be able to download new versions after that or receive future software upgrades.
  • Be able to subscribe at any time should support be required.

The annual subscription for EZproxy in Australia and New Zealand is AUD$600 (ex GST).

Consider a move to EZproxy Hosted service

We are now able to offer from our Australian technical infrastructure a hosted version of EZproxy, which is another option for your library to consider. Libraries that subscribe to the EZproxy Hosted version are automatically and seamlessly upgraded with each new release of the service. They also enjoy 24 x 7 x 365 support for off-site authentication of electronic content with no servers or IT infrastructure required. Pricing is scalable according to the size of your organisation. A quotation is available on application.

To set up your subscription, or to receive a price quotation for the EZproxy Hosted service, please visit www.oclc.org/en-AU/ezproxy/ordering. Please contact australia@oclc.org if you have any questions about our EZproxy services.

OCLC WorldCat

OCLC introduces WorldCat Discovery Services

OCLC introduces WorldCat Discovery Services, a new suite of cloud-based applications that brings together the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local services. Set to launch in March, the new suite will enable discovery of more than 1.3 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of both WorldCat and a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections. This will make it possible for more than 18,000 FirstSearch libraries to offer a richer discovery experience.

“Development of WorldCat Discovery Services is another significant step in our work with members to deliver innovations and new services that drive library costs down and information access up. We have enormous potential to use our collective talents and the capacity of cloud computing to deliver continuous innovation for our users,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO.

WorldCat Discovery Services will offer library users and staff access to rich, global bibliographic content available only through WorldCat. A central index will enable information seekers from mutually subscribing libraries to search authoritative sources from providers such as EBSCO, Gale and ProQuest. Direct link resolution from citations to full-text resources will be available for libraries with holdings in WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base. Resources not available electronically can be delivered through integrated interlibrary loan.

For more information on WorldCat Discovery Services please contact australia@oclc.org.


The Most Used English Title Words in WorldCat

OCLC Research’s recent blog post The Most Used English Title Words in WorldCat received attention when published in The Atlantic article In Books, Movies, and Media, the Most Popular Title Word Is ‘New’ on January 8th. The article is based on Roy Tennant’s blog post findings and mentions Roy, WorldCat and OCLC, and is well worth a look. 


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 January-February is the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Transfusion Resource Centre. The Transfusion Resource Centre provides resources for health professionals and patients, to improve understanding and practice of transfusion medicine.

Blood Component

OCLC Publications

New OCLC Research report provides evidence base for shift to shared print management approach

OCLC Research has released a new report, “Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections,” which establishes evidence that has allowed and encouraged libraries to begin the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and “above-the-institution” management strategies.

“Understanding the Collective Collection” collects important work OCLC Research has done for the community in recent years in providing a quantitative, analytic, system-wide view of library collections. It provides critical context for the policy, service and strategy questions raised by shared print discussions in the library community.

“The purpose of this report is to collect OCLC Research’s work on better understanding the existing collective collection and supporting the optimal evolution of reconfigured collections,” said Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist. “This work has changed the way in which libraries think about where they source their needs and the scale at which they must organize to deliver new and traditional services. It is a good example of how the OCLC cooperative both serves and helps shape the library community of which it is part.”


New white paper from OCLC on “Meeting the E-Resources Challenge”

This new report explores the challenges that managing e-resources represents and extends the conversations of OCLC’s E-resource Advisory Council across the community—helping libraries find new ways to address these issues.

OCLC Events

OCLC at VALA: Libraries working at Webscale

Date: Wednesday, 5th February 2014
Time: 7:00am - 8:30am [Australian Eastern Daylight Time]
Location: Meeting Room 216, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Please note: numbers are limited and registration is mandatory. Please contact australia@oclc.org to express your interest in attending.

See the OCLC WorldShare Platform in action: 55 libraries in the ANZ regions are now on the WorldShare Platform, getting unprecedented value from library management services such as web-scale circulation and acquisitions, or use one of the stand-alone modules such as WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, WorldShare Collection Evaluation or WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager. Come and explore how your library can take steps to benefit from the deep integration of data and functionality in a multi-tenant cloud environment.

During the presentation OCLC staff will talk about the experiences of delivering WorldShare into the region and will give a live presentation of WorldShare and WorldCat Local. Staff will also give an update on other OCLC initiatives and future developments. OCLC staff presenting during the session include Chris Thewlis (Regional Manager, OCLC ANZ), Susie Thorpe (Senior Product Manager, OCLC ANZ) and Angus Cook (Sales Consultant, OCLC ANZ).

OCLC WorldShare Applications and Services offer a new approach to managing library workflows cooperatively, including integrated acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, patron administration, and resource sharing and e-resource management. OCLC WorldShare services and applications eliminate traditional operational silos and deliver new efficiencies in library management, freeing libraries from the restrictions of local hardware and software to provide more time to focus on serving users and communities. Included with every WorldShare implementation is the discovery layer, WorldCat Local, a patron interface that empowers patrons from a single search to discover the broad range of resources including physical resources, eBooks, online services and digital objects that libraries now provide.


Digital collection management made easy with CONTENTdm

Date: Wednesday, 5th February 2014
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm [Australian Eastern Daylight Time]
Location: Meeting Room 216, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Presenter: Angus Cook & Barbara Gutthann

Join us to learn more about CONTENTdm, OCLC's Digital Collection Management Software. CONTENTdm helps you to make your digital collections available on the Web, more quickly and easily. No matter the format—local history archives, newspapers, books, maps, slide libraries or audio/video—CONTENTdm can handle the storage, management and delivery of your collections to users across the Web.


Libraries, MOOCs and online learning

Date: Wednesday, 19 March 2014 
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm [Australian Eastern Standard Time]
Location: State Library of Queensland

ALIA, CAUL, OCLC and the State Library of Queensland present this event bringing together library stakeholders in the online learning space to talk about:

  • MOOCs (the trends in remote course delivery to large cohorts of students);
  • the issues for libraries (collections, copyright, information, literacy, citation styles, research, staff skills), 
  • how academic libraries can support online learning; 
  • how other libraries - public, state/territory, TAFE, school are getting involved and 
  • the opportunities for advocacy. 

OCLC’s Merrilee Proffitt is a keynote speaker at this event. Merrilee is a Senior Program Officer in OCLC Research. She provides project management skills and expert support to institutions represented within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.

Please register here.