OCLC Abstracts

30 June 2014  /  Vol. 17 No. 26  /  ISSN 1932-4847


Are Ranganathan’s five laws still relevant?

A new OCLC Research report suggests how a reordering and a reinterpretation of Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science can be applied to today’s world. Read the report and attend a special webinar 08 July in which authors Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, and Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, explain how their recommendations can help evolve both the work done by libraries and the perceptions of libraries and librarians. More »


What kind of library user are you?

Are you a “Library Lover”? An “Information Omnivore”? Or are you totally “Off the Grid”? Take the Pew Research library engagement quiz to learn how your library habits and attitudes stack up against the general population. More »


OCLC and Elsevier to offer automated seamless access to e-content

The new program will ensure that holdings data for e-books and e-journals subscribed to on ScienceDirect will be kept up-to-date in WorldCat without intervention from library staff. More »

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09 July 2014

Making the most of WorldCat Discovery

Come see the latest enhancements to WorldCat Discovery Services, available to all FirstSearch subscribers as part of existing subscriptions.

Venue: Webinar

Time: 11:00 AM–12:00 PM U.S. EDT [UTC -4]


15 July 2014

Virtual WorldShare ILL and ILLiad User Group

Hear updates on recent and upcoming changes to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan and ILLiad, and engage in conversation with colleagues in the ILL community.

Venue: Webinar

Time: 03:00 PM–04:30 PM U.S. EDT [UTC -4]



OCLC member libraries around the world.

Fundação Abrinq
São Paulo, Brazil
OCLC symbol: BLFAD

Hobsons Bay Libraries
Altona, Victoria, Australia
OCLC symbol: ATVHO

Direction générale de l'enseignement obligatoire
Lausanne, Switzerland
OCLC symbol: CHBSV


Number of records in WorldCat linking to digitized local library content.


WorldCat is a set of databases that together comprise the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. WorldCat data is contributed, maintained and shared by libraries around the world. It is managed and enhanced by OCLC. Learn more »