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OCLC is its members. We are owned, supported and led by our member libraries, whose input guides everything we do. From involvement in major research studies to piloting new products and informing strategic direction, we rely on them for guidance, governance and advice.

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Simplify your electronic demand-driven acquisition program

Learn how Swinburne University of Technology keeps electronic demand-driven acquisition titles discoverable, accessible and circulating. 

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Improve discovery of your entire collection

Find out how Hillsdale College makes it easier for users and reference librarians to find the information they need in the library’s catalog.

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Save time maintaining your e-collections

Discover how the University of Auckland maintains its catalog with up-to-date records for electronic resources. 

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Dedicate more time to sharing research globally

Learn how Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s library supports institutional goals using the cloud.

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Focus your time on your library's strengths

Discover how the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Libraries found more time to devote to faculty and student support.

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Deliver library resources from around the world as if it’s easy

Find out how Seaside Public Library maintains a quick and helpful interlibrary loan service for patrons and other libraries.

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Support changing roles with reduced workloads

Learn how Tulsa Community College library eased workloads across campuses without increasing the budget.

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Simplify resource sharing by using the cloud

See how Ohio Wesleyan University improved services by shifting interlibrary loan processes to the cloud.

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Empower staff by helping them to do more

Learn how Bryant University saved time and money to allow staff members to focus on better resources, user services and reporting.

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Share solutions through global collaboration

Learn how ADA University in Azerbaijan engages with libraries worldwide to share resources, culture and knowledge.

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Make history relevant in a visual culture

Discover how the Indiana Historical Society organizes online images in a way that allows people around the world to easily browse and learn about Indiana's history.

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Collaborate for better services across campuses

Find out how Antioch University's five libraries, spread throughout the United States, came together to provide a flexible, consistent and comprehensive experience for students and faculty.

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Involve your community in local history

Find out how the Douglas County History Research Center expanded their collection through cooperation with local organizations.

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Streamline staff workflows and consolidate resource access

Find out how the University of KwaZulu-Natal improved user services and the use of staff resources

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Maintain great user services even with reduced staff

Learn how the Chase Law Library continued to provide a high level of service to students and faculty despite a reorganization and a smaller staff.

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Bring your hidden resources to light

Discover how the Moravian Music Foundation exposed its rare and unique collections to music lovers worldwide.

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Offer your collection as a service

Find out how Erasmus University Rotterdam library refocused library tasks on supporting faculty and students with information and library resources.

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Answer worldwide questions in users' native language

Learn about the Spanish government's effort to give all Spanish speakers access to general reference information whenever it's needed.

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Improve the quality of your online catalog

See how Biblical Theological Seminary helps students and faculty find the resources they need through an up-to-date and intuitive online catalog.

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Connect all state residents to reference librarians

Discover how the state of Washington provides residents with 24/7 access to library reference services.

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Help students specialize their studies

Learn how Goucher College library supports study-abroad students through access to resources focused on specific locations and cultures.

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Connect users to the resources they need

Discover how Camden Theological Library made time to tackle projects that highlighted more resources for library users.

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Reimagine your workflows to better serve your users

Discover what inspired Butler University Libraries to make dramatic organizational and process changes that help them focus on their new priorities.

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Cooperate to strengthen libraries in all communities

Learn how the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reestablished a Tribal community library through a partnership with University of Wisconsin – Madison's School of Library and Information Studies.

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Engage your community through common interests

See how Denver Public Library stays relevant by reaching people through the activities they already enjoy.

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Search in one place for resources worldwide

Learn how librarians at John Cabot University improved access to resources from both their libraries and libraries worldwide.

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Share history's most difficult lessons to improve the future

Find out how a group of scholars and librarians came together to help people learn about civil rights, African American issues and the impact of history on today's culture.

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Quickly and easily satisfy document requests

Find out how the University of Winchester gained better visibility into and control of interlibrary loan requests.

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Share your specialized collections

Learn how Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary shares its focused collections and meets students' broader needs.

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Free up resources to launch new programs

See how University of Nebraska Omaha dramatically increased e-book collections through demand-driven acquisition.

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Provide personal reference service quickly whenever it's needed

Find out how Denver Public Library got more students than ever to use--and enjoy using--reference services.

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Create time for new initiatives

Find out how Saddleback College found time to improve the resources available to students without hiring more staff.

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Renovate for today's information environment

See how Connecticut College combined a collection management project with a building renovation to offer modern study, collaboration and technology spaces to students and faculty.

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Share your print collection to expand your library

Discover how a small group of academic libraries in Iowa formed the Central Iowa – Collaborative Collections Initiative to share print resources.

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Improve results for all libraries in your group, big and small

Discover how LIBROS balanced the staff and user demands of major universities and small museums with one library management system.

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Embed your library in the research process

Discover how the SHARE initiative fosters conversations about libraries' roles in preserving and sharing research outputs beyond the final publication.

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Expand your library's offerings through 24/7 reference services

Find out how Lancashire County libraries provide key services online and help remote users.

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Bring local history to life

See how Norfolk Public Library presented their local history collection in a way that draws more people into the library.

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Increase the reach of your digital collection

Find out how the University of Leicester moved their special collections online and increased access.

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Move from cataloging to curating for your users

Learn how Pritzker Military Museum & Library found time to expand their focus on guest and user services.

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Deliver articles within minutes

Find out how Mount Mercy University supports researchers around the world despite a small library staff.

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Update your library workflows to meet user needs

Learn how Bishop Grosseteste University modernized their workflows and helped users find the resources they need.

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Help magnify the impact of all libraries

Learn how one librarian, a Web developer, social media and the right IT tools allowed NPR to provide library links for recommended books.

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Overcome copyright and cost barriers to sharing

Learn how SUB Göttingen saved time and optimized interlibrary loan workflows.

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Track research activity for regional reporting

Learn how La Trobe University minimizes the impact of annual research reporting requirements on researcher productivity.

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Create a 24/7 library, no matter the weather

Learn how the University of Washington kept its library open even during a weather-related campus closure.

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Free up time to work on special collections

Find out how McGill University improved user services and staff workflows throughout the library after clearing their cataloging backlog.

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Collaborate with other libraries to inspire change

Discover what sparked Keio University's library to expand the promotion and use of their special collections.

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Bring users resources from across the globe

Find out how the University of Glasgow expanded its reach by providing students with access to worldwide library materials.

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Provide better access to your special collections

Discover how the University of Warwick enhanced scholars' ability to locate and search their fragile special collections.

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Facilitate research through group catalogs

Understand how the Art Discovery Group Catalogue provides access to art-related resources from around the globe, including the Rijksmuseum.

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Make knowledge visible and available internationally

Learn how the Bavarian State Library provided a more convenient and improved interlibrary loan service.

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Make your collections visible wherever your users are

Learn how Utrecht University broadened the visibility of their collections across the Internet.

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Cut down your e-resource cataloging time

See how library staff at the Sladen Library in Henry Ford Hospital supported a major archival project by reducing the time they spent cataloging e-content.

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Support scientists around the world

Examine how CSIRO, Australia's science agency, streamlined its efforts to share science-related items with libraries and researchers across the globe.

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Improve troubleshooting response time

See why University of the Arts London spends less time fixing IT systems and more time improving user experiences.

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Increase e-content usage with systems that work together

Find out how the National Academy of Sciences library increased catalog usage and saved staff time by using an integrated cloud-based suite of library management applications.

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Grant trouble-free access to all your library's e-resources

Understand how Harper Adams University eased the effort of accessing e-resources off campus.

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Quickly clear out cataloging backlogs

Find out how the University of Texas at Austin eliminated its backlog of foreign language materials without hiring additional staff.

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Exceed your users' search expectations

Discover how Dakota State University made their library's collections easier for students, faculty and staff to search.

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Deliver hard-to-find materials when researchers need them

Learn how the Vancouver Aquarium maximizes budget and staff resources to support its extensive research program.

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Pull your archives out of the basement and share them with the world

Discover how South Perth Library made its archive accessible to the public while still protecting the original artwork and historic photographs.

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Manage electronic collections efficiently

Examine Drexel University's time-saving consolidated e-book management system.

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Empower staff to learn on their own

Learn how Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's self-directed learning program directly impacted their quality of service.

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Expand e-resource availability and visibility

See how High Point University improved discovery for students and visibility for their unique content.

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Satisfy a wider range of needs through worldwide resource sharing

Discover how effectively Stow - Munroe Falls Public Library provides hard-to-find materials to patrons.

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Increase accessibility to digitized special collections

Hear how The Seattle Public Library balanced online accessibility for its digital collections with limited IT and staff resources.

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Save unique, at-risk digital content

Hear how cooperative research helped UCLA Library's special collections department emphasize strategic acquisition of important digital materials.

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Point patrons in the right direction

Hear how the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library helps patrons locate resources they don't yet know they need.

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Increase usage with demand-driven acquisition

See how Bucknell University's move to demand-driven acquisition helped save money and provide better access to resources for faculty and students.

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Collaborate to reduce costs and get to your 'wish list'

Examine how the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana improved service for users and economy for members.

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Get students to your licensed materials

Observe how Mount Mercy University made management and discovery of e-content easier for librarians and students.

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Automate e-resource management

Discover how University of Maryland librarians sped up their e-book processing workflows.

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Bring health information to your community

Read about how Miami Public Library is providing health literacy services.

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Reconnect with your staff and community

Read about the East Baton Rouge Parish Library's implementation of the "Geek the Library" campaign.

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Get time back to focus on priorities

Understand why Onondaga County Public Library now has more time to dedicate to saving and sharing local history.