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Alberta consortium picks group catalog

The Alberta Library (TAL), a consortium of 49 public, university, college, technical institute and special libraries, is using a group catalog solution from OCLC as its provincial discovery tool. The revamped union catalogue, TAL Online, makes 25 million items available to Albertans.

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New features in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

New features added to OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan in November 2013 enable you to simplify ILL workflows and save time for your library’s ILL staff:

  • “Days to Respond” settings in the OCLC Policies Directory add efficiency to request processing
  • Integration of Article Exchange workflow into WorldShare ILL
  • Lender option to change loan requests to copy requests and copy requests to loan requests
  • Lender printing of book stickers
  • Display of links to freely available Open Access resources

Please remember that transitions to WorldShare ILL from WorldCat Resource Sharing must be complete by May 19, 2014.

The next release of enhancements to WorldShare ILL will occur in February 2014.

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2014 IFLA Fellows named

OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), has selected five librarians to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2014. The Fellows were announced at a news conference during the World Library and Information Congress: 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Singapore. The 2014 Jordan IFLA/OCLC Fellows are:

  • Miss Olufunmilayo Fati, System Programmer, University of Jos Library, Jos, Nigeria
  • Mr. Franklin Flores Urrutia, Librarian, Consortium of University Libraries of El Salvador (Consorcio de Bibliotecas Universitarias de El Salvador - CBUES), San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Mr. W.M. Tharanga Dilruk Ranasinghe, Assistant Librarian, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • Miss Leonila Reyes, Section Head Librarian, Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines
  • Mr. Sonam Wangdi, Librarian, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, Bumthang, Bhutan

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OCLC EMEA Regional Council to meet in South Africa in 2014

Charles Leadbeater, a leading authority on innovation and creativity, will be the keynote speaker for the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Cape Town on 24 and 25 February 2014 at the International Convention Centre—the council’s first meeting to be held in Africa. The theme, “Library Community in Action: advancing knowledge, cooperation and innovation,” will address the importance of community—exploring how a cooperative approach can make a difference, and what greater collaboration between libraries can really offer in the context of sharing and innovation.

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