OCLC eNews: Australia and New Zealand, Issue 6

May - June 2014

Welcome to OCLC eNews for Australia and New Zealand. 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.

In this edition of eNews we celebrate libraries in Australia implementing OCLC WorldShare Management Services; announce 197 million bibliographic work descriptions - WorldCat Works - available as linked data; feature Picture South Perth - a new online collection of historic images showcasing the people, places and events that have shaped the City of South Perth; and much much more.

OCLC WorldShare

Libraries in Australia now with OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Twenty libraries in Australia have now selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services. These libraries join more than 200 libraries worldwide using the cloud-based library management services that simplify operations, streamline workflows, offer new opportunities for collaboration, and provide powerful discovery and delivery services for library users.  

“Coming onboard with WorldShare and being part of the WorldCat community has been very exciting,” said Karin Gilbert, Head of the Learning Resource Centre, Lowther Hall. “The product development is excellent, updates are regular and reflect the input we give, and we feel excited to be part of this innovative product and community.”

OCLC WorldShare logo

Included in the list of Australian WorldShare Management Services libraries are:

  • Ascham School (New South Wales)
  • Auburn City Library Service (New South Wales)
  • Town of Cambridge (Western Australia)
  • Chinese Theological College of Australia (New South Wales)
  • Shire of Collie (Western Australia)
  • Genazzano FCJ College (Victoria)
  • Isaac Regional Council (Queensland)
  • Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School (Victoria)
  • Mazenod College (Victoria)
  • Monash Health Libraries (Victoria)
  • Shire of Plantagenet (Western Australia)
  • Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview (New South Wales)
  • Shellharbour City Libraries (New South Wales)
  • Shire of Augusta Margaret River (Western Australia)
  • Shore Senior School (New South Wales)
  • Somerset College (Queensland)
  • St Marys Newman Academic Centre (University of Melbourne) (Victoria)
  • St Michael's Collegiate School (Tasmania)
  • The Hutchins School (Tasmania)
  • Trinity Theological College (Western Australia)

“Our implementation went quite smoothly thanks to the dedication and hard work of the OCLC support team in Melbourne,” said Alison Kidman, Manager of Information Services, Shire of Collie. “We are very pleased to now offer our patrons a far more enriching online experience that WorldCat brings, and look forward to incorporating further developments.”

OCLC staff in Melbourne has extensive experience in supporting libraries in Australia and New Zealand and worked closely with libraries in the region to facilitate implementation and support of the WorldShare Management Services. “These libraries are leading OCLC’s new, innovative approach to cooperative library management services in this part of the world,” said Chris Thewlis, OCLC Regional Manager, Australia/New Zealand. “We expect other institutions will follow their lead.”

WorldShare Management Services offer unified, Web-based applications—from acquisitions and circulation, to metadata and license management, resource sharing and analytics—to streamline workflows, and create new value for their institutions and users. They also offer the ability to manage collections of print, electronic and digital material from start-to-finish.  The integration of license management features into interlibrary loan processes set WorldShare Management Services apart from traditional integrated library systems.

To support WorldShare Management Services for members in Australia and New Zealand, OCLC began operating a new data center in Sydney, Australia, in March 2012. The Sydney center employs state-of-the-art technologies to ensure high-level performance, reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness. In addition, the new center enables OCLC to comply with access and data privacy requirements in Australia and New Zealand, and adhere to technical standards that promote the cost-effective, worldwide sharing of information across platforms. And to demonstrate OCLC’s commitment to information security, OCLC obtained its ISO 27001 certification in February 2012.

Find more information about OCLC WorldShare Management Services on the OCLC website.

OCLC WorldCat

WorldCat knowledge base

The WorldCat knowledge base combines data about your library's electronic resources and linking features, enabling fast, reliable access while helping you better manage workflows associated with these materials. The WorldCat knowledge base continues to grow with new providers and collections added monthly. The details for April updates are now available in the full release notes. 

Highlights include new collections from:

  • De Gruyter Online
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
  • Elsevier
  • Gale Group
  • Hein Online
  • IEEE
  • Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers
  • Project Muse
  • Ovid
  • Wiley

Plus the discontinuation of sixteen collections from:

  • Project Muse

For additional details, please reference:

WorldCat knowledge base content updates

WorldCat knowledge base collections list

If you have questions about the WorldCat knowledge base, please contact australia@oclc.org


OCLC releases WorldCat Works as linked data

OCLC has made 197 million bibliographic work descriptions—WorldCat Works—available as linked data, a format native to the Web that will improve discovery of library collections through a variety of popular sites and Web services.

Release of this data marks another step toward providing interconnected linked data views of WorldCat. By making this linked data available, library collections can be exposed to the wider Web community, integrating these collections and making them more easily discoverable through websites and services that library users visit daily, such as Google, Wikipedia and social networks.

"Bibliographic data stored in traditional record formats has reached its limits of efficiency and utility," said Richard Wallis, OCLC Technology Evangelist. "New technologies, influenced by the Web, now enable us to move toward managing WorldCat data as entities—such as 'Works,' 'People,' 'Places' and more—as part of the global Web of data."

OCLC has created authoritative work descriptions for bibliographic resources found in WorldCat, bringing together multiple manifestations of a work into one logical authoritative entity. The release of "WorldCat Works" is the first step in providing linked data views of rich WorldCat entities. Other WorldCat descriptive entities will be created and released over time.

"With this release of WorldCat Works, OCLC is creating a significant, practical contribution to the wider community discussion on how to migrate from traditional institutional library catalogues to popular Web resources and services using linked library data," said Neil Wilson, Head of Metadata Services at the British Library. "This release provides the information community with a valuable opportunity to assess how the benefits of a works-based approach could impact a new generation of library services."

As a worldwide library cooperative, OCLC is at the forefront of linked data activity. OCLC is designing and implementing new approaches that re-envision, expose and share WorldCat data to increase the visibility of library collections in the Web world.

The project to release WorldCat Works linked data involved OCLC Research, Data Services and Engineering staff around the world.

Visit the OCLC website to learn more about OCLC's data strategy, see an example of WorldCat Works, and get WorldCat Works technical details.


Libraries Love Jazz!

Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrate "the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people." In celebration of this international art form that is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity, OCLC have identified the top Jazz artists whose music is found in libraries throughout the world.

WorldCat is the world's largest and most comprehensive catalog of library resources from around the world, with more than 314 million bibliographic records that represent more than 2 billion items held by participating libraries, including books, movies, music, e-books, licensed databases, online periodicals, digital collections and more. Because of its scale, WorldCat can be used to represent a large part of the scholarly and cultural record.



Picture South Perth web button

Picture South Perth

Picture South Perth is an online collection of historic images dating back to the 1870s that showcases the people, places and events that have shaped the City of South Perth.

It contains photographs from the City of South Perth's Local History Collection which have been scanned and catalogued by dedicated library staff.

It also features a collection of humorous and whimsical postcards by May Gibbs and her father Herbert Gibbs.

Since its launch on 18 April 2014, the Picture South Perth website has had over 800 users interacting with the site and over 17,000 page views of the content uploaded so far.

The South Perth Libraries have received emails from members of the public enquiring about images, offering information about images, and requesting higher resolution images for their personal use.

CONTENTdm has brought the City of South Perth's archive collections to life online and has allowed the public to interact with the content in a more meaningful way.

The online collections will expand in the future to include aerial photographs of the City of South Perth, council photoboards, maps and plans, as well as oral histories in audio format with searchable transcripts.

In the meantime, City of South Perth users seem to be enjoying "the trip down memory lane" as one visitor put it.

URL http://picture.southperth.wa.gov.au
Blog http://southperthlocalhistory.wordpress.com/

CONTENTdm makes everything in your digital collections available to everyone, everywhere. No matter the format—local history archives, newspapers, books, maps, slide libraries or audio/video—CONTENTdm can handle the storage, management and delivery of your collections to users across the Web.

For more information on CONTENTdm please contact CONTENTdm Australia

OCLC Publications


The Big Shift: E-book availability in public libraries

In August 2012, OCLC received a planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to work with public library leaders to research the e-book ecosystem, survey public libraries about e-book use and reach and work toward strategies to expand e-book access to public libraries. OCLC staff worked with an advisory group made up of public library directors, ALA staff and IMLS to create a research report, The Big Shift: Public Library Strategies for Access to Information in Any Format.

OCLC Events

ANZTLA Conference

Date: 2-5 July, 2014
Location: University College, Parkville, Victoria

The mission of the Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association (ANZTLA) is to foster the study of theology and religion by enhancing the development of theological and religious libraries and librarianship. In pursuit of this mission, the Association presents the 29th Annual ANZTLA Conference.

OCLC look forward to participating in the ANZTLA Conference and discussing what's new at OCLC with you. Please contact australia@oclc.org to arrange an appointment time or for further information about our latest developments. 


ALIA National Conference

Date: 15-19 September, 2014
Location: The Pullman, Albert Park, Victoria

The ALIA National Conference theme will be ‘Together we are stronger’ and act as the meeting point for Library and Information professionals, from all sectors and from all areas of Australia and the international community.

OCLC look forward to participating in the ALIA National Conference and discussing what's new at OCLC with you. Please contact australia@oclc.org to arrange an appointment time or for further information about our latest developments.


HLI/HLA Joint Conference

Date: 19 September, 2014
Location: State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria

The joint collaboration between HLI (Health Libraries Inc.) and HLA (Health Libraries Australia, the national ALIA health group) is both the context and the theme for the day.

It is generally accepted that ‘collaboration is a good thing’ but what does this really look like in practice? What are the real costs and benefits to the parties involved? What is the difference between collaboration, cooperation and partnership? What are the critical success factors? The aim of the day is to explore the practical aspects of collaboration through presentations which highlight examples of successful case studies, programs, projects or initiatives which have been evaluated or assessed in some way.

OCLC look forward to participating in the HLI/HLA Joint Conference and discussing what's new at OCLC with you. Please contact australia@oclc.org to arrange an appointment time or for further information about our latest developments.


LIANZA Conference

Date: 12-15 October, 2014
Location: Skycity Convention Centre, Auckland

LIANZA invite you to participate, to share your stories and successes at the LIANZA Conference 2014 as we connect with our past, and thrive towards the future. Pou Whakairo – Connect and Thrive.

OCLC look forward to participating in the LIANZA Conference and discussing what's new at OCLC with you. Please contact australia@oclc.org to arrange an appointment time or for further information about our latest developments.