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Publishers around the world partner with OCLC to improve library workflows for electronic content

DUBLIN, Ohio, October 10, 2013—OCLC has finalized agreements with international content providers to add more electronic collections to the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive online catalog of resources available through libraries worldwide.

Incorporating these databases into WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base will improve access to these collections and simplify administration for libraries that use OCLC WorldShare Metadata services. These agreements will also reduce the cost and time spent managing updates to these online collections for libraries that have registered with the knowledge base, and will provide immediate access for libraries that subscribe or want to purchase these collections. The value for libraries is that multiple applications will be able to access the metadata to simplify workflows for managing electronic materials.

The following new publisher agreements have been signed since June 2013. These collections will be added to WorldCat over the next few months.

Al Manhal, Dubai, UAE, is the leading Arabic electronic content service provider. It is the industry’s only provider of full-text, searchable electronic databases of peer-reviewed and copyright-protected Arabic publications. Al Manhal combines publishing and library industry expertise with best-in-class technology to enable academics, researchers and library users to efficiently discover and access thousands of electronic publications from the Arab world’s leading publishers and research institutes.

Confidential Concepts, Inc., Newark, Delaware, USA, offers hundreds of fine art titles about artists, art genres, photography and more. These books contain hundreds of high-resolution images and are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and other languages.

Ecological Society of America (ESA), Washington D.C., USA, publishes to make broadly available the most significant results of ecological research, particularly those that increase the understanding and applications of general ecological concepts. ESA publishes a suite of journals, in suitable forms, that address the interests of all appropriate readers, including scientists, students, educators, resource managers and other users of ecological knowledge.

Henry Stewart Talks Ltd, London, UK, provides access to world-class seminars by leading thinkers and authorities from around the globe, in one online resource—wherever, whenever and as often as it is wanted in the subject areas of biomedical and life sciences, and marketing and management.

Internet Scientific Publications (ISPUB), Sugar Land, Texas, USA, is a collection of more than 80 peer-reviewed, open access medical and scientific journals covering a wide range of topics, disciplines and specialties, with authorship from around the world. Recently published articles are available on ISPUB’s website and access to previously published articles is made available through ISPUB’s library of archived journals.

New York University Press, New York, New York, USA, is committed to publishing, in both electronic and print format. The organization’s publishing program includes general interest or trade books, scholarly monographs, regional books, reference books, college texts, paperback reprints and e-texts. It now publishes 110 new books each year.

SciELO, São Paulo, Brazil, is known and respected globally for indexing and publishing peer-reviewed, open access academic e-journals and, most recently, for SciELO Books, which promotes the advancement of research by facilitating the communication of its results. SciELO publishes more than 1,000 journals with more than 417,000 journal articles from 17 countries, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean region, and also including Portugal, Spain and South Africa. SciELO Books is a collection of quality peer-reviewed, open access and commercial e-books in the humanities, social sciences and public health from selected university presses and other academic publishers in Brazil.

The ciando GmbH, Munich, Germany, is one of the major e-book aggregators for academic libraries in Germany. The ciando library offers universities more than 250,000 books, most of which are German, from 1,300 publishers, and include nonfiction and literature from all relevant scientific disciplines: economics, management, law, computer, technology, medicine, psychology, education, culture, politics, history, philosophy and religion.

Both WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base continue to grow with new providers and collections. For more information on current content lists, see the WorldCat Local and WorldCat knowledge base pages on OCLC.org.

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.

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