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Special libraries fill a unique niche in the library community. Their collections are often heavily weighted to one area of interest in support of a specific user base. Because of this specialization, the libraries often house special collections that are invaluable not only to their own users but also to researchers around the world. OCLC programs and services help special libraries get needed resources to users at the point of need.

Visitors to the Indiana Historical Society using the Destination Indiana interface
Photo by Amy Ungar

Make history relevant in a visual culture

The Indiana Historical Society enhanced their digital exhibits with Destination Indiana. This website organizes images from its vast collection into short “journeys” that provide an image-rich overview of a topic. The flexibility of the Destination Indiana database allows it to support a dynamic, custom interface with extensive metadata for each image.

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Researcher at the Moravian Music Foundation

Bring your hidden resources to light

The Moravian Music Foundation’s collections contain rare and valuable music manuscripts from the 18th century and later. But for many years, only the most dedicated researchers knew about the resources from references in footnotes or word of mouth. Now that the collection is discoverable through WorldCat, scholars and students worldwide can find out about these unique resources.

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Facilitate research through group catalogs

The Rijksmuseum and other participants in artlibraries.net sought a more advanced and future-looking system to give single-search access to the world’s most important art library catalogs. The Future of Art Bibliography group established the Art Discovery Group Catalogue to pull results from participating libraries as well as other freely available databases faster than any other system.

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Librarian at Henry Ford Hospital's Sladen Library

Cut down your e-resource cataloging time

Library staff at the Sladen Library in Henry Ford Hospital spent about a month each year manually reviewing MARC records for their five electronic collection subscriptions. Now they have reduced that time through automated record delivery with ongoing updates, which has allowed them to focus on an archival project to celebrate the hospital’s 100th anniversary.

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Make knowledge visible and available internationally

Librarians at the Bavarian State Library were used to fulfilling a wide array of requests from all over Germany. They realized that, with the ever-growing international need for resources, they needed to extend their reach. The library now makes its resources, including special collections, easily accessible across the globe.

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Photo of Australian parrot by John Manger, courtsey of CSIRO
Photo by John Manger, courtesy of CSIRO

Support scientists around the world

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) processes a high volume of interlibrary loan requests around the world, which makes it difficult to keep up with multiple supplier accounts, different billing cycles and requests in different formats. Now that the library has integrated a new ILL system into its existing request system, staff receive requests in a standard format and pay only one invoice a month.

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