In the Netherlands, libraries RUG and Hanzehogeschool have selected WorldCat Local as its new integrated discovery-to-delivery service. And, Tilburg University has launched its discovery service, based on WorldCat Local service to end users.
WorldCat Local offers students and faculty access to millions of resources worldwide, including; books, journals, databases, eBooks, and eJournals. One search finds all materials in WorldCat - OCLC’s worldwide network of library catalogues and collections. In the case of electronic resources, this means one click can give direct access to a full-text.
Libraries RUG and Hanzehogeschool
Marjolein Nieboer, librarian at the RUG Library, and Marjan Bonink, acting head of the HanzeMediatheek, both in Groningen, signed the agreement with OCLC.
“Making the RUG and Hanze collections, as well as others, easily accessible and searchable is a long standing wish that this agreement will make come true,” said Marjolein Nieboer. “This also marks a reinforcement of the cooperation between our organisations in information dissemination for the scientific and higher vocational education in Groningen.”
In the coming months, the RUG Library and the HanzeMediatheek will work with OCLC on the implementation of this catalogue and discovery tool. The plan is to have WorldCat Local available for the library users early next year.
Meanwhile, Tilburg University launched their WorldCat Local implementation at the start of their academic year in August. This launch marks the first significant step towards the migration of the University’s entire library management workflow to the cloud with the adoption of OCLC WorldShare Management Services.
Students and faculty can now quickly and easily find and get materials they need through the discovery tool that offers a single search box to find what they need in Tilburg University Library as well as in the collections of other libraries around the world. With the University’s collections already present in WorldCat, the configuration of its electronic collections in the WorldCat knowledge base further facilitates the discovery and delivery of electronic resources. This has provided the foundation for the next stage in its migration to WorldShare Management Services.
Tilburg University Library has posted several helpful Web pages, videos and other resources to introduce WorldCat Local to students and faculty.