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The Alberta Library selects OCLC group catalogue as its provincial discovery tool, TAL Online

DUBLIN, Ohio, 5 September 2013The Alberta Library (TAL), a consortium of 49 public, university, college, technical institute and special libraries, has selected a group catalogue solution from OCLC as its provincial discovery tool. The revamped union catalogue, TAL Online, makes 25 million items available to Albertans, and is scheduled to launch in October 2013.

TAL licensed the group catalogue, powered by OCLC’s WorldCat, using provincial technology funds from the Government of Alberta Public Library Services Branch. TAL Online will serve as the primary resource for residents in Alberta searching for items in libraries throughout the province. Twenty-three new libraries in Alberta are now using OCLC cataloguing services.

The catalogue will enhance resource sharing for Alberta’s provincially licensed e-content by exposing library resources through online search and social media networks. The project takes full advantage of OCLC’s VDX resource sharing management system already licensed for Alberta public libraries. Users will be able to seamlessly request materials discovered in TAL Online from any public or academic library in the province.

“By incorporating OCLC Control Numbers into library records to facilitate deep linking and maintaining our holdings in WorldCat, the catalogue will allow our users to connect to our resources through organic search processes that our users already practice,” said Jason Openo, Alberta Public Library Electronic Network (APLEN).

“WorldCat allows users to search more than 2 billion holdings from the global cooperative’s 20,000 members,” said Daniel Boivin, Executive Director, OCLC Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. “From the WorldCat Facebook application to our partnerships with sites such as Goodreads and DOGObooks, OCLC and its partner organizations collaborate to provide information seekers a variety of paths to discover valuable library resources online.”

WorldCat is the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries worldwide. In May 2013, the 2 billionth holding was set through an automated process by TAL member University of Alberta Libraries, in Edmonton. The WorldCat interface is available in 10 languages, including English and French, and search results display nearby holding libraries—closest to furthest from the user.

Mr. Openo will share TAL’s selection process, discuss implementation obstacles and triumphs, and demonstrate how the new catalogue surfaces library collections through social networking sites during his session at the Netspeed 2013 conference in Calgary in October 2013.

About The Alberta Library

The Alberta Library (TAL) is an award-winning consortium of 49 member libraries in over 300 locations whose mission is strengthening communities through collaboration. Members include public, university, college, technical institute and special libraries. Internationally recognized for collaboration and innovation, TAL is the result of the library community coming together to find better ways of providing services. TAL provides a variety of services and administers the Online Reference Centre (ORC). Learn more about TAL Online at http://www.thealbertalibrary.ab.ca/.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.

OCLC, VDX, WorldCat, WorldCat.org and WorldShare are trademarks and/or service marks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Third-party product, service and business names are trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners.


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