OCLC awarded Mellon Foundation grant to register library retention commitments for print serials in WorldCat

Center for Research Libraries to partner with OCLC to develop project

DUBLIN, Ohio, 24 June 2018—OCLC, working closely with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to enhance the underlying infrastructure of the OCLC WorldCat database and CRL’s Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR) to accommodate and make accessible actionable data for shared print serials management.

The two-year grant, for $1,001,000, will support a joint OCLC and CRL Shared Print Data Infrastructure project. The initiative will modify WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections, to enable registration of print serial retention commitments and make archived holdings data available to inform library decision-making.

"We're grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for this grant," said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. "Libraries have been enthusiastic about the ability to track shared print retention decisions for monographs in WorldCat. We’re delighted to be able to expand our shared print program to include serials and multi-volume sets with this support from the Mellon Foundation."

WorldCat now enables tracking of retention commitments for single-part monographs. CRL’s open access PAPR database offers shared print programs as a registration solution for serials. Together, OCLC and CRL will work to merge their respective capabilities in a centralized system for serials commitments in WorldCat, systematically syncing to the PAPR database.

"CRL's role in this project is critical," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development, and Principle Investigator for the project. "CRL staff have considerable expertise in handling serials data and understand the needs of the practitioner community. We're fortunate to be working with CRL to provide a shared print program for serials to complement the work we have done with monographs."

"This project provides an opportunity to make WorldCat, core infrastructure of the library world, a more serviceable tool for academic and independent research libraries in addressing the challenges of collections stewardship today," said Bernard Reilly, President, CRL.

The Shared Print Data Infrastructure project is scheduled to run from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.

About The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.

About CRL

The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports original research and inspired teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars a wealth of rare and uncommon primary source materials from all world regions. CRL's deep and diverse collections are shaped by specialists and experts at the major U.S. and Canadian research universities, who work together to identify and preserve unique and uncommon documentation and evidence, to ensure its long-term integrity and accessibility to researchers worldwide. CRL is based in Chicago, Illinois, and is governed by a Board of Directors drawn from the library, research and higher education communities.

About OCLC

OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

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