Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections brings together the work that OCLC Research has done for the community in providing a quantitative, analytic, system-wide view of library collections. This body of work has established an evidence base that has allowed and encouraged libraries to begin the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and “above-the-institution” management strategies. More »
The latest edition of NextSpace, the OCLC membership magazine, is now online. The cover story focuses on top-of-mind issues that keep librarians up at night—and what they plan to do about them. Six librarians from different types of institutions at different stages in their careers were interviewed to get a range of views on the challenges facing the profession. We found diverse thoughts and ideas but also shared concerns and common ground despite the librarians being from vastly different environments that serve vastly different populations. More »
In 2013, the OCLC community explored the concept of shared data and the implications for libraries during the Collective Insight series. Now, we would like you to share ideas on how to leverage shared data and strengthen the services you provide.
WorldCat is the world’s most comprehensive database of library materials. Updated at a rate of nearly one new record every second, WorldCat contains bibliographic records and holdings contributed by more than 11,000 libraries around the world. Learn more »
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