Electronic Collection Management

Your users want access to as many electronic resources as possible, quickly and conveniently. And you want them to succeed. OCLC works with libraries, publishers and other partners to get e-books, licensed e-resources and digital items directly into the workflows of both librarians and information seekers. Many OCLC services already enable the management, discovery and access of e-resources right alongside physical materials. Read the white paper, below, to learn more.

Meeting the E-Resources Challenge

Is it possible to centralize the management of licensed resources and maximize their exposure within one seamless workflow? Case studies and findings from the E-Resource Advisory Council provide a set of challenges and related recommendations. The goal? Put electronic materials into the hands of library users more quickly, regardless of where they start their online information search.

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Unified acquisitions for physical and electronic collections

All acquisitions functions are available in one service. You'll save time since there's no need to go back and forth between multiple systems for different formats and related activities.

Learn more about WorldShare Acquisitions »



Reduce the complexity of managing licenses

Manage license agreements, rights, access and resolution to full text from the same interface, eliminating the need to synchronize data across multiple interfaces.

Learn more about WorldShare License Manager »

Get metadata and automatic updates for all of your subscriptions

Get automatic delivery of WorldCat records and holdings maintenance for your licensed, digital and physical materials. Data for all titles and access URLs is continuously updated, enhancing discovery of your e-content.

Learn more about WorldShare Collection Manager »



Ensure users can access everything anywhere

EZproxy helps provide users with remote access to Web-based licensed content offered by libraries. It is middleware that authenticates library users against local authentication systems and provides remote access to licensed content based on the user’s authorization.

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The integration of electronic resources into every part of libraries' workflows is accelerating. While offering services that address specific functions, OCLC is also working to incorporate the management of e-resources into every service it provides. For example:

  • WorldCat Local is a single-search-box discovery service that allows libraries to connect users directly to the full text of electronic content they subscribe to. 
  • The popular Article Exchange service allows WorldShare Interlibrary Loan and ILLiad subscribers to share digital articles using a single, secure location.
  • The WorldCat knowledge base provides comprehensive data about the e-collections of member libraries, complementing the data in WorldCat. This supports streamlined collection management, discovery and delivery applications.

Take the next step

Get in touch with a member representative today to find out how OCLC's electronic collection management services can help free your library from the restrictions of local hardware and software to provide more time to focus on serving users and communities.

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