OCLC eNews: Australia and New Zealand, Issue 7

July - August 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 OCLC invites you to attend a breakfast session at LIANZA 2014; Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO, sends a message to members; CSIRO Publishing partner with OCLC to improve library workflows for electronic content; we encourage you to tackle one of the titans of long fiction; and much more.


OCLC at LIANZA: OCLC Breakfast Session

Date: Tuesday, 14th October 2014
Time: 7:30am – 8:45am [New Zealand Daylight Time]
Location: SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre
Cost: FREE

This is a breakfast meeting, food and beverages are supplied. 
Please note numbers are limited and registration is required.

See WorldShare Management Services in action: more than 200 libraries worldwide are 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. Come and explore how your library can take steps to benefit from the deep integration of data and functionality in a multi-tenant cloud environment.

During the presentation OCLC staff will talk about the experiences of delivering WorldShare Management Services into the region and will give a live presentation of WorldShare and WorldCat Discovery Services. Staff will also give an update on other OCLC initiatives and future developments, including hosted EZproxy and CONTENTdm "quick start" for TePuna members. OCLC staff presenting during the session include Susie Thorpe (Senior Product Manager, OCLC ANZ) and Angus Cook (Sales Consultant, OCLC ANZ).

WorldShare offers a new approach to managing library workflows cooperatively, including integrated acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, patron administration, and resource sharing and e-resource management. WorldShare services and applications eliminate traditional operational silos and deliver new efficiencies in library management, freeing libraries from the restrictions of local hardware and software to provide more time to focus on serving users and communities. Included with every WorldShare implementation is the discovery layer, WorldCat Discovery, a patron interface that empowers patrons from a single search to discover the broad range of resources including physical resources, eBooks, online services and digital objects that libraries now provide.

Please contact australia@oclc.org if you have any questions prior to the event.


OCLC Membership Update

OCLC Year in Review

Message to members from Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO

As it does for many member libraries, July marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for OCLC. As we focus our energies on the opportunities ahead, it is also a great time to pause and reflect on the collective advancements of the past year.

Let me begin with a special thank you to the hundreds of members who have reached out to help me learn about OCLC and our member libraries during my first year as OCLC President and CEO. It has been a great year and I am even more excited today than I was a year ago about the work we are doing together and our opportunities moving forward.

OCLC is indeed a unique organization—a global cooperative with an ambitious mission, a passionate and engaged membership and a committed, energized staff. I have seen firsthand—at member and council meetings, during library visits and from member engagement in pilots and programs—what it means to truly be a member-driven, member-engaged organization. This governance model works. Together we are creating more resources and a greater voice for libraries worldwide. We deliver collective research that explores future trends, services that support sharing at scale via advanced technology, and programs and partnerships that magnify the impact of libraries.

I look forward to sharing the full range of our 2014 work together in our annual report that we will publish later this year—it will be our first fully digital, interactive report. Until then, I would like to congratulate you on a successful year and recognize a few important milestones we have reached over the past year.

Together we have:

  • Completed the migration of our resource sharing service to the new WorldShare cloud architecture. More than 9,000 members moved from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare ILL.
  • Begun the migration of FirstSearch and WorldCat Local into a single, shared service suite, WorldCat Discovery. More than 600 libraries participated in the beta program to help design the workflows, user interface and functionality of this new reference and discovery service.
  • Completed the 200th implementation of WorldShare Management Services (WMS). These 200+ members on three continents—Australia, Europe and North America—represent ARL libraries, consortia, academic, public, school, legal, special libraries and museums.
  • Expanded our services for more public libraries in Europe with the acquisition of Dutch library systems provider HKA in October.
  • Released another major user perceptions study—At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries.
  • Advanced important new research on a wide range of topics from exploring shared print to reordering Ranganathan’s laws. OCLC Research was awarded the ALCTS’ Presidential Citation for outstanding service to ALCTS in the report, Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections.
  • Demonstrated member-led governance, with more than 1,200 members attending a Regional Council meeting—in Bangkok, Cape Town or most recently at the ALA Annual event in Las Vegas.
  • And, your Global Council elected two new member leaders to the OCLC Board of Trustees—John Szabo, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, California, USA, and Ellen Tise, Senior Director, Library and Information Services, Stellenbosch University, South Africa—who will begin their work on the board in November.

These are just a few of the important accomplishments for the year that we have delivered together.

As we look ahead to our work in the coming year, among our goals will be to continue our important and ambitious work to move our legacy services to a cloud infrastructure—from metadata to discovery. We will continue to leverage the power of data and linked data to put library resources even more effectively into the hands of patrons and scholars around the globe. And, we will continue to invest in research and advocacy to magnify the work of libraries and their users.

I look forward to continuing the important dialogues and discussions that I have had with many of you this past year, and I hope to meet many more members as I travel in the months ahead.

As always, I welcome your thoughts on how OCLC can continually improve to best serve you and your users.




Skip Prichard
President and CEO, OCLC


CSIRO Publishing partner with OCLC to improve library workflows for electronic content

In January 2014 OCLC finalised agreements with 17 publishers around the world to add valuable electronic collections to the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive online catalog of resources available through libraries worldwide.

Incorporating bibliographic data that link to these collections into WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base will reduce the cost of managing these resources and provide immediate access for libraries that subscribe to or want to purchase these collections.

Amongst these is an agreement with CSIRO Publishing. CSIRO Publishing based in Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, operates as an independent science and technology publisher with a global reputation for quality products and services. The publishing program covers a wide range of scientific disciplines, including agriculture, the plant and animal sciences and environmental management. CSIRO Publishing will be providing OCLC with their books and journals.

The following new agreements with leading content providers have also been signed:

Both WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base continue to grow with new providers and collections. For more information on current content lists, please visit WorldCat and WorldCat knowledge base.


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

International group leads project to bring together art library catalogues in WorldCat

OCLC and Elsevier, a leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, are working together to automate the process to keep e-book and e-journal holdings from ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for research literature, up-to-date in WorldCat and library catalogs. The automated process ensures seamless access to subscribed content without intervention from library staff.

Libraries will be able to request that Elsevier provides OCLC with holdings data for content subscribed to on ScienceDirect. The data will be loaded into the WorldCat knowledge base, which combines information about a library’s electronic resources with linking features that enable access to the content. Holdings data and access will be automatically kept current for OCLC cataloging libraries, without the need for library staff to manually intervene.

"OCLC's collaboration with Elsevier will help library staff keep e-book and e-journal cataloging and holdings information from ScienceDirect current by automating the process," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. "This partnership will save libraries time and will result in fast, easy and reliable access to these critical e-collections for library users."

Alexandra de Lange, Head of Third-Party Platform Relations at Elsevier, said, "We are excited to continue the collaboration with OCLC. An effortless process to ensure seamless access to content is an important step in our ambition to continuously increase content utility on our platform. We are confident that our customers are excited to participate in this service and see the benefits in terms of increased efficiency of their administrative processes."

Libraries wishing to automatically keep their e-book and e-journal holdings from Elsevier up-to-date in the WorldCat knowledge base can visit http://oc.lc/Elsevier to get started. Questions about this program can be directed to OCLC Publisher Relations at publishing@oclc.org.


New Art Discovery Group Catalogue launches

International group leads project to bring together art library catalogues in WorldCat

The new Art Discovery Group Catalogue, a view of WorldCat that brings together items from leading art libraries around the world, was launched today at the Art Libraries Society of North America annual conference, in Washington, D.C.

Coordinated by artlibraries.net, an international working community of more than 100 art libraries from 16 countries, the new catalogue offers an art-focused research experience within the WorldCat environment. Art library catalogues will now be searchable alongside additional content from a multitude of online journals and databases, promising more results on a global scale. The project has been developed as part of The Future of Art Bibliography initiative, with generous support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and The Getty Research Institute, whose initial funding made the launch possible.

“The Art Discovery Group Catalogue is the best place to start for art-related content discovery,” said Geert-Jan Koot, Head of the Rijksmuseum Research Library in Amsterdam. “Art historians want a unified, focused, and reliable service to provide comprehensive research findings and pinpoint discovery of individual items in the world’s leading art libraries. The artlibraries.net and Future of Art Bibliography groups have collaborated with OCLC to provide such a tool for art research, along with access to the core functions of WorldCat and its global library holdings.”

The Art Discovery Group Catalogue will initially include the holdings of art libraries from Europe, North America and Australia. Additional art libraries will join the initiative. Participating libraries include the IRIS Consortium in Italy, the Institut National d’Histoire d’Art (INHA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Art Library of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the kubikat union catalogue of the German research institutes in Florence, Munich, Paris and Rome, and the National Gallery of Australia.

“The artlibraries.net group chose to work with OCLC for development of the Art Discovery Group Catalogue because we were very impressed with WorldCat’s search functionality, including its scoping and faceting of result sets, fast response times, and unlimited scalability,” said Véronique Goncerut Estèbe, Chief Conservator at the Bibliothèque d’art et d’archéologie in Geneva, Switzerland. “We also chose WorldCat because, as the world’s largest research database, its searches can include holdings of thousands of libraries worldwide and more than 200 million journal articles from sources such as ArticleFirst. This new level of global exposure will maximize discovery and use of our collections.”

“The addition of more art libraries in WorldCat and the focused Art Discovery Group Catalogue will greatly benefit audiences who, while used to searching WorldCat, have not yet been introduced to many of the treasures held in art libraries internationally,” said Kathleen Salomon, Assistant Director of The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California, USA.

“The Art Discovery Group Catalogue is a great resource for scholars, students or anyone else interested in art,” said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director, OCLC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We look forward to continuing our work with these prestigious art libraries and others who want to join in adding to this global catalogue dedicated to the study of art.”

The following art libraries are already participating in the Art Discovery Group Catalogue:

  • National Gallery of Australia
  • National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia
  • National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
  • Biblioteca dell’Accademia di architettura Mendrisio, Switzerland
  • Bibliothèque d’art et d’archéologie (BAA), Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Switzerland
  • Rijksmuseum Research Library Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Kunstbibliothek Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
  • Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Germany
  • Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, Germany
  • Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte (Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art), Paris, France
  • Institut National d’Histoire d’Art (INHA), Paris, France
  • Biblioteca Berenson (Villa I Tatti), Florence, Italy
  • Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rome, Italy
  • Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max-Planck-Institut), Florence, Italy
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  • Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, (NYARC),New York, USA
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Ingalls Library, Cleveland, USA
  • Frick Art Reference Library, (NYARC), New York, USA
  • Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
  • Museum of Modern Art Library and Museum Archives, (NYARC), New York, USA
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
  • Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Art Institute of Chicago, USA
  • The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
  • University of Texas Art Library, Austin, USA
  • Berenson Library, Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy
  • National Museum of Western Art, Research Library, Tokyo, Japan
  • Sächsische Landesbibliothek–Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB), Germany
  • Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA
  • Fine Arts Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University Libraries, New York, USA
  • Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (Netherlands Institute for Art History), Netherlands

A list of participating institutions will be updated and can be found at http://library.rijksmuseum.nl/ArtDiscovery.htm.


What in the WorldCat?


At OCLC Research, we're exploring records and mining data from WorldCat, the world's largest library catalog, to highlight interesting and different views of the world's library collections each month. Each new feature is included below to pique your curiosity and showcase some of the unique things that can be gleaned from WorldCat and its data. Be sure to stop back often to see what we come up with next. If you've got a suggestion for something you'd like us to feature, let us know!

The Long and the Short of Libraries

If you want to tackle one of the titans of long fiction, here is a list of titles that are among the longest novels ever published. Need more time to get through these monsters? You could try one from this selection of books of short stories, with more stories discoverable in the short stories profile from WorldCat Genres.


OCLC Staff

OCLC would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Customer Support Consultant Clare Bristow

“I’m Clare Bristow and I am very happy to have recently joined the OCLC team in Melbourne as a Customer Support Consultant. My previous position was as a Training and Consulting Partner with ProQuest, responsible for providing on-site and online training for customers across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining ProQuest I was the Client Services Manager at Swets. I have many years in the library and information industry and have worked in academic, public, school, special and national libraries in all aspects of the library environment. I am an active member of ALIA and have presented at numerous industry conferences and workshops.”

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OCLC Publications

Education, Learning and Libraries at a Tipping Point

New OCLC report shows how consumers are resetting expectations for higher education and libraries

A new report suggests that the cumulative weight of changing consumer habits, enabling technologies like MOOCs and mobile, and the high cost of postsecondary education are resetting expectations and bringing permanent changes to education and lifelong learning.

OCLC, the computer library service and research organization, today released At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries, the latest in a series of OCLC Membership Reports designed to explore emerging trends that impact libraries and librarianship. The report is available to download from the OCLC website.

"OCLC market research has tracked the perceptions of information consumers for more than a decade. Much has changed in the environment over that time. We have seen Google change search habits and Amazon change buying habits. We are now watching online learning services and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) change the landscape and expectations for education and learning," said Cathy De Rosa, OCLC Vice President for the Americas and Global Vice President of Marketing, and principal contributor to OCLC Membership Reports.

At a Tipping Point looks at the views of online learners—their concerns about the cost of higher education, their experiences with online learning, and their expectations for more convenient, life-based education models in the future.

"The pressure is mounting on traditional models of learning. We see evidence in the research that we may be reaching a tipping point in how consumers think about and would like to manage their education," said Ms. De Rosa. "Students and parents are eager for more convenience and more options in how they learn—they favor convenience over structure, self-service over predefined options. Students of all ages are having success with online learning and, like most services that have moved onto the Web, consumers expect these new services to continue to improve in quality and increase in popularity."

Changes to education and online learning have implications and opportunities for libraries. "The same digital forces reshaping education will reshape library users’ expectations, on our campuses and across our communities," said Ms. De Rosa.

At a Tipping Point provides data on consumer attitudes and perceptions about online learning and MOOCs. The report also includes data about parents' and students' perceptions of campus life and their use of libraries—both at the library and online.

The report concludes with some thoughts for strategic consideration and action for libraries.

"As consumers' needs and preferences shift, libraries have new opportunities to deliver both services and convenience that will increase impact and grow relevance to online learners," said Ms. De Rosa.

See a brief video about At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries on the website at http://oc.lc/TippingPointVideo.

Visit the OCLC Membership Reports page for more information and to download the study.

OCLC Events

Did you miss any sessions from the OCLC webinar series?

The digital and information environment is rapidly changing, and now’s the time to plan for your library’s future. What strategic direction should your library take? How do you know you are choosing the right path for students, faculty and your library staff?

Listen to the any of the four sessions from the Planning for your library's future webinar series at your convenience:

  • Using library services to create a different future for your library
  • Making changes now to shape your library for the future
  • Partnerships that engage end users now and into the future
  • Exploring shifting changes in user engagement

This series is designed to help you learn more about the trends impacting library users and services, so you can make the best strategic decisions for the future of your library.

Go here to access the on-demand sessions


Australian Law Librarians' Association (ALLA) Conference

Date: 10-12 September, 2014
Location: Adelaide Convention Centre

The Australian Law Librarians' Association (ALLA) Conference for 2014 will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, from Wednesday 10 September to Friday 12 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

An exciting variety of speakers, workshops, library tours, panel discussions and trade exhibitions will make this an event not to miss.

OCLC look forward to participating in the ALLA 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

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 Auckland Convention Centre

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.