A listing of recently-completed projects and pilots
The Future of OCLC FirstSearch
OCLC is bringing the user-friendly features of WorldCat.org together with the precision searching of FirstSearch, valued by library staff and expert researchers, to provide a better user experience for libraries. The goal is to provide a unified, consistent and contemporary search experience that fits users’ expectations for modern, simple content discovery, while maintaining the expert capabilities for staff.
OCLC has concluded a pilot of a custom version of the Article Exchange cloud-based document delivery tool. This option is now available as an add-on to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan subscriptions for a small annual fee.
The custom version of Article Exchange is a secure tool that can be customized to reinforce a library's brand and add visibility to a library’s services. This tool delivers all features of Article Exchange with additional locally-customizable features that reinforce a library's role in meeting the information needs of its users. For example, an academic library can use the tool to reach students or faculty at off-campus locations or distance learners who rarely visit campus.
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is a new service that will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing, as part of libraries' existing OCLC Resource Sharing subscriptions. The service centralizes workflows now managed in multiple systems and will provide new functionality that speeds fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests and saves time for library staff and library users. The new WorldShare Platform supports new features in WorldShare ILL that require interoperation with other applications, such as the display of lender costs from the Policies Directory and display of item availability from a library's ILS.
ILS synchronization gateway
OCLC and member libraries worked together in a pilot project to evaluate software to streamline the process of updating WorldCat. The software, referred to as ILS synchronization gateway, was installed on a local library workstation or server. It detected new, changed and deleted bibliographic records in the local ILS, sent the changes to OCLC and updated WorldCat.
OCLC and The Combined Regions (TCR) launched Britain's first freely accessible national public library union catalogue, the first of its kind in the country.
Cooperative Collection Management Trust (CCMT)
The Cooperative Collection Management Trust (CCMT) is a group of institutions connected by the need to reduce the costs and footprint associated with physical storage and management of print materials while maintaining access to the content. OCLC lead a pilot program that sought to address these needs across a variety of institutions in North America.
WorldShare Metadata will provide a complete metadata management solution for physical, licensed and digital resources across multiple formats. This set of new applications and services will be made available in phases over the next three years. The changes are part of OCLC's strategy to provide Webscale solutions to the full range of library management needs, including acquisitions, license management, resource sharing and discovery.
The Article Exchange document-sharing site is now accessible from within the WorldCat Resource Sharing service and through an ILLiad Add-on. This integration of the beta site with OCLC resource sharing services resulted from the positive feedback and valuable input we received about the tool from the resource sharing community.
WorldCat Mobile pilot and WorldCat Local mobile beta
Libraries with a WorldCat Local or WorldCat Local "quick start" implementation can access a custom mobile version of their site at (institutionid).worldcat.org/m, as of June 2011. To support this effort, OCLC held a pilot of mobile access to WorldCat.org from January 2009 through June 2010. The pilot was available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, France, Canada and the Netherlands.
EasyBib Library Edition
OCLC and ImagineEasy Solutions, LLC collaborated to create EasyBib Library Edition, a customizable library version of ImagineEasy Solution's popular EasyBib.com service, the most popular online citation site on the Web. The EasyBib Library Edition service offers additional features that are not available in the basic, premium or school editions.
WorldCat® Copyright Evidence Registry
The WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry pilot project explored the feasibility of cooperatively building a platform to share information generated by users while conducting copyright evidence investigations. The model proved less than optimal for use by members of the cooperative and the project was concluded.
Direct request for articles through WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad
OCLC has released the first Web-scale cooperative library management service, continuing the progress toward the truly next generation of library services. This continues the 40-years-and-counting strategy of OCLC Cataloging, the benefits of which are visible in global resource sharing via ILL and public access through WorldCat.org.
The WorldCat Basic API is a simple interface into WorldCat that anyone and everyone in the world can use. It is a mashable access point for noncommercial lightweight apps built by developers who may or may not have ties to the library community. The WorldCat Basic API uses OpenSearch and return feeds in Atom and RSS. Results include OCLC number links to WorldCat.org, ISBNs and formatted citations for up to 1,000 requests/day. Get more details on the OCLC Developer Network wiki.
EZproxy hosted service
EZproxy hosted service is designed to help libraries with limited IT resources still deliver a quality experience with eContent access for remote users. Having a hosted access and authentication service means a library will always have the latest network infrastructure, bandwidth and security—but it frees library IT staff to focus on other tasks.
The WorldCat Search API provides machine-to-machine access to WorldCat bibliographic records and holdings organized to group similar editions of the same item together.
WorldCat Navigator is a new consortial borrowing solution that provides seamless resource sharing within your library consortia and beyond. The service manages returnable and nonreturnable items, and integrates with circulation systems to create a superior discovery-to-delivery tool that saves time for library users and increases efficiency for library staff. for library groups. Learn more.
The pilot explored upstream metadata capture and enhancement using publisher and vendor ONIX metadata, and resulted in launch of a new service, OCLC Metadata Services for Publishers.