In a changing educational environment, the role of the academic library continues to evolve rapidly. Today we need the tools to be able to help highly mobile students, staff and researchers source content from all over the world in a multitude of formats. We also need the means to shine a light on the vital work that academic libraries contribute. OCLC work with academic institutions to simplify library processes, increasing efficiency and effectiveness of your management and discovery workflows.
Trouble-free access to all your library's e-resources
Your library's users want easy access to all of your library's resources no matter where or when they're searching. In providing their students with a seamless, anytime, any place solution fo accessing their electronic collections, Harper Adams University were about to deliver this.
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, their library provides access to a wide range of electronic content. The change has also made it easier for learners around the globe to find content available only in High Point's collections.
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.
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.