In a rapidly changing educational environment, academic libraries need more time and staff resources to meet the needs of faculty and students. They are also looking for tools that shine a light on their vital contributions toward the success of their academic institutions. OCLC services help simplify library workflows, giving staff the tools and time to invest in relationships across campus, to evolve local collections and to create new programs.
Streamline library management workflows
Librarians at Doane College wanted to do more work on vital, unique projects. To do that, they needed to spend a lot less time on routine management tasks. Easier cataloging and workflow improvements gave them the time savings they needed to work on their local archive.
Manage electronic collections cooperatively
Drexel University librarians had grown used to a series of workarounds related to managing e-content records from multiple sources. Access to a shared knowledge base and the ability to manage metadata at the collection level eliminated much of the complexity.
Increase usage with demand-driven acquisition
Librarians at Bucknell University noticed that library materials purchased through standard acquisitions processes were used only about 20 percent of the time. Those requested directly by students and faculty? 80+ percent. Librarians looked for a way to take advantage of this observation by dramatically streamlining the discovery-to-delivery process.
Save unique, at-risk digital content
Getting started with born-digital archives is a complex task. The technical skills needed to preserve punched cards, magnetic tape, floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, Zip drives, hard drives and other digital media are often daunting. Cooperative library research provided the UCLA Library and other institutions with a way to break down the challenge into more easily manageable activities.
Get students to your licensed materials
Mount Mercy University librarians wanted to improve the way their students located and used online resources. One year after switching to a service that integrated management and discovery activities, downloads from their licensed databases were up 25 percent. And staff members were saving time on a wide range of cataloging, acquisition and circulation tasks.
Automate e-resource management
Library staff at University of Maryland, College Park were faced with an ever-growing volume of electronic collections. Better workflows and access to a cooperative knowledge base allowed them to automate many tasks associated with managing e-books. The result? More than 462,000 new e-books, searchable and accessible to students, in just one year.
Expand e-resource availability and visibility
Faculty and students at High Point University had grown accustomed to searching through multiple sites and services for resources. Now, with a single discovery platform, the library provides access to a wide range of e-content. The change has also made it easier for learners around the globe to find content available only in High Point's collections.