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OCLC partners with Third Iron to offer seamless journal access and browsing experience

Service integration enables mutual subscribers to utilize LibKey Discovery with WorldCat Discovery

OCLC is partnering with Third Iron, LLC—a leading information technology company developing innovative services for libraries, publishers and their users—to integrate its LibKey Discovery service with WorldCat Discovery. Mutual subscribers can now enable the integration in WorldCat Discovery and the A-Z list, providing users a seamless and intuitive way to access and browse journals.

LibKey Discovery integrates with discovery systems to deliver one-click linking to PDF articles when DOI’s are present. The integration also allows users to browse journals and articles within a given journal using Third Iron’s BrowZine journal engagement service.

“With LibKey Discovery, our users will more frequently get immediate access to PDFs, so they’ll spend less time deciphering access options and more time engaging with the content,” said Jay Holloway, Senior Product Manager at OCLC. “It’s great to see this new option further enriching the robust full-text ecosystem WorldCat Discovery supports—from the OCLC knowledge base, Unpaywall, and now LibKey Discovery access options.”

Earlier this year, WorldCat Discovery launched a new way to explore bibliographic content through a virtual shelf browse. Through the partnership with Third Iron, users can enjoy a similar experience with articles, allowing the research community quick access to full-text articles and easy navigation from a journal article to the parent journal within BrowZine. From there, users can continue to browse related articles within the publication. The integration is a big win for many undergraduate researchers (and even more experienced researchers) and aligns with OCLC’s broader goal to interoperate with valuable library services from within WorldCat Discovery.

"WorldCat Discovery is a key resource for many libraries and the main place where students and faculty start their research," said Kendall Bartsch, CEO at Third Iron. "The new LibKey Discovery integration with OCLC WorldCat Discovery enhances this leading service with cutting-edge technology. For researchers using WorldCat Discovery, the one-click access to content will mean less confusion in not having to navigate multiple webpages and less time getting to what they want: the article." Chief Librarian John Seguin continued, "Over the past year, libraries using LibKey Discovery report the direct link to content means more success in getting to content, reducing help desk requests.  Moreover, libraries find LibKey Discovery saves researchers countless hours otherwise spent clicking through menus and navigating websites just to get to an article. We are excited to bring these same benefits to libraries using OCLC WorldCat."