BIRMINGHAM, UK, 27 June 2011—OCLC today announced two more implementations of its WorldCat Local discovery service at libraries in the UK and Ireland. The launches demonstrate how positively libraries across Europe are responding to WorldCat Local’s ability to connect users to 800 million electronic, digital and physical resources held in library collections locally and globally, via a single search box.
In Ireland, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology’s (IADT) WorldCat Local implementation is on track to launch in time for the new academic year this September. Recently, the Irish educational landscape has undergone and continues to experience significant change. One of the many challenges facing those in the sector like IADT is finding more efficient ways of delivering knowledge to its users.
Deirdre Judge, IADT Librarian, explains: “We have 2,000 students all of whom increasingly expect easy access to our materials. They don’t want to consult different sources of information, or conduct searches using different interfaces. Our users want to conduct one search and get direct access to all of our holdings, regardless of format or location. After attending a recent event hosted by OCLC, and hearing about WorldCat Local, it was clear to me that this was the solution we were looking for.”
WorldCat Local’s ability to search multiple catalogues, systems and e-resources simultaneously is also cited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as an important factor in its decision to implement the service. NERC went live with WorldCat Local in May and is reporting positive feedback from users.
NERC’s library collections, dispersed across a number of Research Centres throughout the UK, reflect the breadth and depth of research in the environmental sciences over recent decades.Use of the collections had waned in favour of desktop access to the growing volume of scientific research materials available online.
Over the past year, NERC implemented a major project to merge the library systems, services, collections and staff of its Research Centre libraries. Three of these (the British Antarctic Survey, the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, made the decision to retain OCLC’s OLIB library management system, becoming the first OLIB user in the UK to adopt WorldCat Local.
Frances Norton, Project Manager for the NERC WorldCat implementation explains: “NERC opted for WorldCat Local for two reasons: First of all, we needed to offer users a single, Web based gateway to all NERC’s library collections and licensed resources. Secondly, we wanted to make NERC’s Open Access research publications more widely available. Although we only launched the new service in May, adoption has been excellent and use is steadily rising. The service provides a one-stop shop for access to all NERC’s library holdings and services, but it also makes NERC’s research outputs visible and accessible to a global community of scientists” concludes Frances.
About Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology addresses the needs of the knowledge, media and entertainment sectors within an interdisciplinary environment that is based in visual arts, media arts, technology and enterprise. IADT is one Ireland's 13 Institutes of Technology which are flexible and dynamic university-level Institutes focused on teaching/ learning, purpose-driven research, and public service. They are recognised as a major success story in Irish education. IADT is designated as a higher education institution under the Higher Education Authority www.hea.ie and receives its funding through HEA. http://www.iadt.ie
About Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is a British research council that supports research, training and knowledge transfer activities in the environmental sciences.
NERC was formed in 1965 when several environmental research organisations were brought together under one umbrella organisation. Today, NERC supports several Research Centres, a number of collaborative centres of excellence, and subject-based, nationally designated Environmental Data Centres for the storage and distribution of environmental data.
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