groups and consortia

The library community has always recognized and valued the power of cooperation. By sharing knowledge, services and collections, libraries expand their impact and create more value for their users. OCLC solutions for groups and consortia increase opportunities for groups to support their members with research, training and services that streamline the technical challenges of collaboration.

Reference desk at Cary Memorial Library

Locate and request exactly what you need from near or far

The Massachusetts Library System provides mediated interlibrary loan services to more than 600 libraries all over the state. Before making their requests, the staff relies on a precise search tool to find the exact resource each user wants.

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University of California student in the library

Contribute to and benefit from shared cataloging

The California Digital Library maintains bibliographic records for consortial collections held by University of California libraries. Beyond this, catalogers enhance records that global libraries can use, and they receive automatic updates to their records when others have enhanced them. 

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View of a campus in SCELC

Better understand your collection and how to expand it

The Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) relies on cooperation to share resources across more than 100 member libraries. The SCELC Shared Print Operations Group used data on circulation, holdings overlap, and availability of digital surrogates to highlight their shared collection while enabling individual participants to reduce redundant local holdings.

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Boy who used Delaware public libraries to design and print a 3D hand

Optimize library outcomes in your community

The Delaware Division of Libraries looked to business tools to better understand how to meet the needs of the communities that Delaware libraries serve. By mapping many library services and resources against subject areas and levels of need, they can better identify gaps and plan for the future.

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Nevada State library staff entering the first XR record into WorldCat

Amplify classroom lessons with immersive technology

Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records recognized an opportunity to better support Nevada schools through extended and virtual reality educational resources. To connect schools to these resources, the library held a cataloging hackathon and added the first virtual and extended reality records to WorldCat. 

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National Library of New Zealand's exhibit

Share your nation's cultural heritage with the world

The National Library of New Zealand manages Te Puna Services, which provides libraries across the country with access to core library services. Te Puna’s cloud-based national bibliographic infrastructure allows its unique collections to be findable and accessible throughout New Zealand and around the world. 

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