OCLC eNews: Australia and New Zealand, Issue 3

November - December 2013

Season's Greetings from OCLC!

In this edition of eNews, we focus on the OCLC 2012-2103 Annual Report; the WorldShare Platform; Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); and much more.

OCLC eNews helps our members in Australia and New Zealand connect with the latest OCLC research, advocacy, campaigns and products. Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organisation dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs.

Season's Greetings

OCLC Publications


OCLC 2012-2013 Annual Report

“Users’ expectations continue to accelerate, driving demand for new services and approaches that are cloud-based, mobile and social. With its new technological platform and cloud-based services, OCLC is well‑positioned and committed to serve libraries in a period of rapid change.” OCLC President and CEO Skip Prichard.

The OCLC 2012-2013 Annual Report focuses on building services in the cloud with libraries; WorldCat highlights; finances; and our strategic direction. The article 'Build a global infrastructure that is responsive to local conditions: Te Puna Interloan Service' on page 29 discusses the National Library of New Zealand and is of particular interest to members in our region. 

Full Text Report (52 pages; PDF)

OCLC WorldShare

OCLC WorldShare Platform

OCLC is working together with members of the library community to build a platform for exchange, innovation and collaboration to help libraries operate at Webscale: the OCLC WorldShare Platform. 55 libraries in the Australia and New Zealand regions are now on the WorldShare Platform - getting unprecedented value from library management services such as web-scale circulation and acquisitions - or use one of the stand-alone modules such as WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, WorldShare Collection Evaluation or WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager.

Contact australia@oclc.org for more information on how your library can take steps to benefit from the deep integration of data and functionality in a multi-tenant cloud environment.  


New OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan features

New features now available in OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan enable you to simplify ILL workflows and save time for your library’s ILL staff.

New features include:

  • Display of links to freely available Open Access resources

WorldShare ILL now helps borrowing libraries identify freely available Open Access resources that can be used to fill ILL requests. When a requested item is available in an Open Access resource, a link to that resource displays in the “Request Details” area of a request. Borrowers that fill requests with Open Access resources will quickly deliver needed items to requestors and save staff time and money.

  • “Days to Respond” settings in the OCLC Policies Directory add efficiency to request processing

Lenders’ “Days to Respond” settings in the OCLC Policies Directory now display in staff workforms and holdings displays.

Also the Lenders’ costs settings in the OCLC Policies Directory will display in holdings and staff workforms for Borrowing libraries allowing them to make more informed decisions on who to add to the Lender string.

  • Integration of Article Exchange workflow into WorldShare ILL

You no longer need to leave WorldShare ILL to upload or retrieve documents in Article Exchange

Lenders can now upload a document in 3 clicks instead of 8. The tighter integration enables them to easily browse local files from within WorldShare ILL to select documents they wish to share.

Borrowers can view the “Article Exchange (AE) Alert” category on the WorldShare ILL homepage to see the number of requests with data in an Article Exchange Alert.

In addition, when borrowers open requests in the “AE Alert” queue, WorldShare ILL automatically displays an “Email to patron” button to speed delivery of needed documents to your patrons.


WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager

OCLC has been receiving much interest recently with introduction of WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager, which is available as a stand-alone product on the WorldShare Platform. WorldShare Metadata includes:

  • Automatic delivery of WorldCat records and WorldCat holdings maintenance for your licensed, digital and physical materials
  • Continual updating of bibliographic data for all titles enhances discovery of your materials
  • Ongoing updating of access URLs improving access to e-content
  • Streamlining of workflows while managing increased user demand for e-content

A recording is now available for our November 21st OCLC Webinar: Streamlining your DDA workflow with WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager

During the session, Sara Finch, Senior Information Developer at OCLC, discussed:

  • How to use WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager to set and synchronize holdings in WorldCat on your DDA titles, short-term loans and purchased titles
  • How to leverage new record editing options such as the inclusion of provider names, collection names, notes and tag deletions
  • What you need to know when you decide to do DDA
  • How to receive custom URLs to support access from within your discovery interface
  • How to receive e-mailed reports for MARC records.

To find out more about WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager please visit: https://www.oclc.org/worldshare-metadata/collection-manager.en.html

To enquire with OCLC staff locally about this service please contact: sales-au@oclc.org.au

OCLC WorldCat

Cookbook Finder

Explore cookbooks and more from libraries around the world with new Cookbook Finder app

New from OCLC Research, Cookbook Finder is an experimental, works-based application that provides access to thousands of cookbooks and other works about food and nutrition described in library records. It allows users to search by person, place and topic (e.g., course, ingredient, method, and more), as well as browse related works by author and topic (supplied by the Kindred Works/Recommender API). Results include links to full-text when available from HathiTrust and Project Gutenberg.

Cookbook Finder applies principles of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records model (FRBR) to aggregate bibliographic information above the manifestation level. Records are clustered into OCLC Research-generated work sets using author and title information from bibliographic and authority records. Data elements from records within a given set are aggregated at the work level to form descriptions that are richer and more complete than the descriptions in individual bibliographic records.


Advice to libraries on getting involved with MOOCs

The EDUCAUSE Review Online article, "Libraries in the Time of MOOCs," summarises the challenges and opportunities that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) give to libraries, and also includes advice from experts in librarianship and higher education about how librarians can best guide their stakeholders through this changing education environment. OCLC Research Library Partnership Vice President James Michalko is quoted in the article and explains how MOOCs give libraries the chance to remain involved in the future of education and renew their importance to their universities. He also suggests important ways libraries can support the development and delivery of MOOCs, including:

  • Librarians should embrace the opportunity to join their university support teams and oversee MOOC development now.
  • Copyright, open access, and permission staff members should not be left out of the cross-institutional teams that are formed to bring MOOCs to the campus.
  • Because the development of online education is currently so fluid, the type of support librarians provide in the development of MOOCs will be defined by how this form of online education develops on their campuses.

Read the full article online

For more information about OCLC Research's work related to MOOCs, see the recap of our recent "MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?" event, including James Michalko's "MOOCs and Libraries: An Overview of the Landscape" presentation video.


Lorcan Dempsey Keynote Presentation at LIANZA Conference 2013

Presentation: The network reshapes the library
Presenter: Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Research & Chief Strategist, OCLC

The network reshapes organisations and industries. What are the reshaping forces at work in libraries? This presentation considers how libraries and groups of libraries will change over the coming years. The focus is on the shift from infrastructure to engagement, and on the types of innovation required to support this shift.

Lorcan oversees OCLC Research and participates in strategic planning at OCLC. He is a librarian who began his career in public libraries in his native Dublin, Ireland. He joined OCLC in 2001 as Vice President, Research and was named Chief Strategist in 2004.

Before moving to OCLC, Lorcan headed up national information services in the UK with JISC. Before that, he directed UKOLN, a national U.K. research and policy unit at the University of Bath.Lorcan can be followed on the Web at Lorcan Dempsey's weblog and on Twitter.

He is currently a member of the Cambridge University Library Visiting Committee and a member of the Advisory Board for the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI). In 2010 he received the National Federation of Advanced Information Services' (NFAIS) highest award, The Miles Conrad Award.

OCLC Events


Join OCLC at VALA's 17th Biennial Conference

3-6 February 2014

VALA2014 sets the stage for innovation; promoting the use and understanding of cutting edge information and communication technologies across libraries, galleries, museums and archives.

OCLC has an exciting program for VALA2014. Please join us for regular OCLC WorldShare Management Services demonstrations being held at the OCLC Stand. Please also join us for a Vendor Presentation and the event ‘OCLC at VALA: Libraries working at webscale’.

OCLC can be found at Stand 78/81.

Please contact australia@oclc.org for further information. 


Libraries, MOOCs and online learning

Wednesday, 19 March 2014
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (AEST) Australian Eastern Standard Time

ALIA, CAUL, OCLC and the State Library of QLD present this event bringing together library stakeholders in the online learning space to talk about:

  • MOOCs (the trends in remote course delivery to large cohorts of students);
  • the issues for libraries (collections, copyright, information, literacy, citation styles, research, staff skills), 
  • how academic libraries can support online learning; 
  • how other libraries - public, state/territory, TAFE, school are getting involved and 
  • the opportunities for advocacy. 

OCLC’s Merrilee Proffitt is a keynote speaker at this event. Merrilee is a Senior Program Officer in OCLC Research. She provides project management skills and expert support to institutions represented within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.

Please register here.


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