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Library and Information Science Education Program

The OCLC Library and Information Science Education Program can help your LIS school provide students with the skills needed to lead in today's library environment. This program provides your students with reduced or no cost hands-on use of reference, resource sharing, cataloging, and other OCLC services.

Who can participate?

  • Library and Information Science schools accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada
  • Colleges and universities offering a bachelor degree or higher in library and information science education
  • Library/Media Technician training programs offering a certificate or associate degree
  • Schools of library and information science that offer degrees comparable to those in the U.S. in the following OCLC areas: OCLC Asia Pacific, OCLC Canada, OCLC Latin America and the Caribbean, and OCLC EMEA

Available services

Discovery services

OCLC FirstSearch Service—LIS schools receive a free FirstSearch authorization and access to FirstSearch through the Internet with no additional telecommunications charges.

FirstSearch offers seamless electronic access to many databases and full-text and full-image articles, including:

  • WorldCat—the world’s largest database of bibliographic and holdings information.
  • OCLC ArticleFirst database—contains bibliographic citations and tables of contents from journals in a variety of disciplines, including those from OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online. Includes links from citations to full-text articles in Periodical Abstracts and other full-text databases available to LIS schools. (Note: LIS schools have access to selected databases only.)

View a complete list of databases available in FirstSearch

QuestionPoint—access at your school will expose your students to a virtual reference service that keeps librarians in the center of the reference process. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of issues related to establishing and using virtual reference services as they use the live service through a library school group.

Metadata services

OCLC Connexion Service—access to high-quality records for students to catalog any type of material. Includes access to the WorldCat database through your choice of a web interface or a Windows-based client interface.

Your LIS school receives free profiling preparation, authorizations, searching and exporting. You may also download the Cataloging Label Program, which lets users of OCLC cataloging products easily print labels for library materials.

CatExpress Service—an easy-to-use Web-based copy-cataloging service for new OCLC users. Designed for smaller libraries—both individually and in groups—OCLC CatExpress lets you search WorldCat and set and delete holdings.

Dewey Decimal Classification—your school receives:

  • Complimentary access to WebDewey. An education licensing agreement is required.
  • 20 percent off the purchase of 1-20 sets of the Dewey Decimal Classification Edition 22 and 40 percent off the purchase of 21 or more sets
  • 10 percent off all other Dewey Decimal Classification publications and products.
  • Access to the Dewey Cutter macro, a software program that automatically provides cutter numbers from the OCLC Four-Figure Cutter Tables upon input of text.

Resource sharing services

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan—students complete actual ILL tasks by searching for bibliographic and holdings information in WorldCat and borrowing and lending materials with other LIS schools.


OCLC waives most charges under this program, including specified charges for OCLC systems and services. OCLC reserves the right to charge for unique items, such as royalty fees to suppliers or third parties.

LIS schools are responsible for any training fees, workstations and internet access to OCLC services.

Research opportunities

  • University Research—OCLC supports research at universities to advance goals such as using WorldCat effectively, exploring the concept of the electronic library, and improving interface design and human/computer interaction.
  • Distinguished Seminar Series—the Distinguished Seminar Series was established in 1978 to further stimulate the exchange of ideas. The topics represent areas of interest to the library and information science community. Speakers can report on recently completed or early-state research.
  • The OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant (LISRG) Program—awards grants for research conducted by faculty in schools of library and information science. Up to $15,000 for research-related expenses is awarded for projects through an extensive evaluation process.
  • Visiting Scholar—brings experienced scientists, educators, and administrators with demonstrated research capabilities to OCLC to conduct research with OCLC staff, facilities and data resources.

Learn more about current OCLC research projects and opportunities


For more information on the OCLC Library and Information Science Education Program, please contact:

Nancy Lensenmayer
Program Director, Education and Professional Development
OCLC Online Computer Library Center
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin, OH 43017
1-800-848-5878 ex. 6391
Fax: 1-614-718-7070