||MCLS and OCLC Collaboration
MCLS and OCLC®
are pleased to continue our collaboration to provide opportunities for directors and library staff to build community, deliver programming on the latest OCLC webscale services; and build awareness for OCLC products, services and cooperative initiatives.
OCLC is a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by its members since 1967. OCLC's public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.
For more information on our joint programming on the webscale working environment, visit OCLC WorldShare™ Management Services
What’s new at OCLC
WorldCat Metadata API powers new enhancements in latest MarcEdit release
MarcEdit, the popular free library metadata software suite, includes new functionality that will give OCLC member libraries the ability to contribute and enhance their bibliographic and holdings data within WorldCat while using MarcEdit. The new functionality will provide catalogers with a new way to interact with their OCLC data, as well as provide another option for libraries looking to streamline their metadata workflows. The new functionality in MarcEdit is made possible by leveraging the WorldCat Metadata API
, one of the many APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) being made available from OCLC through the WorldShare Platform. Read the full press release here >>
IMLS awards grants to OCLC to support national continuing education programs for libraries
DUBLIN, Ohio, 6 November 2013—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
recently awarded OCLC two 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants aimed at strengthening and sustaining continuing education programs for libraries nationally.
"We are pleased to make these significant grants supporting continuing education," said Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. "Supporting library continuing education is a high priority for IMLS. High quality library service depends upon smart investments in the people who work in libraries." Read the full press release here >>
Connexion client 2.5 is released
Connexion client version 2.50 is now available for download. You will be required to upgrade to version 2.50 by 31 March 2014. An upgrade warning message will begin appearing when you start version 2.40 beginning in early February 2014. View the upgrade instructions before installing version 2.50.
To install the client on Windows XP, an account with administrative rights is required. To help prevent installation problems with Windows Vista, 7 and 8, right-click the file you downloaded and click Run as Administrator.
Version 2.50 includes the following enhancements which will be detailed in a forthcoming recording:
- Armenian, Ethiopic and Syriac scripts are now supported.
- New RDA authority workforms for Family and Name Title have been implemented.
- New authority indexes Cataloging Source, Descriptive Conventions, Keyword, and Notes available for searching via the Keyword/Numeric Search drop down lists; these were previously only available via command line searching.
- GenerateAuthorityRecord macro updated to fully recognize the 264 field.
- GenerateERecord macro updated to better handle Unicode characters.
- Help, Useful Web Links list updated to link to OCLC-MARC Records documentation.
OCLC and ProQuest work together to automate e-book collection management
Collaboration will help library staff keep e-book information current, offer library users quick and easy access to e-books from ebrary and EBL
A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL—Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles. The initiative builds on OCLC's work with ProQuest's e-book businesses to support Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) workflow and e-book access.
Libraries can now request that ebrary and EBL provide OCLC with holdings data for purchased collections and DDA repositories. The data will be loaded into the WorldCat knowledge base, which combines information about a library's electronic resources with linking features that enable access to the content. E-book holdings and access will be automatically kept up to date for OCLC cataloging libraries, without the need for library staff to manually intervene.
"OCLC is working with partners like ProQuest to automate as many steps as possible in the supply chain to help reduce the burden on librarians to keep e-resource information current," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. "This automated process is designed to remove the difficult and time-consuming task of cataloging and maintaining holdings information to keep records of e-book collections and links up to date. This work at the supply chain level will result in fast, easy and reliable access to these e-collections for library users."
"This relationship with OCLC hits the high points of ProQuest's goals for our combined e-book business: seamless access and supported workflow," said Kathy Masnik, ProQuest Vice President of Product Management, Ebooks. Masnik is leading ProQuest's integration of ebrary and EBL, which will build a joint e-book platform, streamlining libraries' current systems and processes for added value. "We're delighted to partner in the debut of an important step forward in streamlining the work surrounding e-books."
Libraries interested in implementing this new program should contact ebrary and EBL customer support with their OCLC symbol at email@example.com
Catching up with OCLC Research
Issue 10 of OCLC Research Quarterly Highlights now available
This periodic bulletin gathers items from the previous quarter of work in OCLC Research, the OCLC Innovation Lab, and the OCLC Research Library Partnership. Issue 10
covers the period of July - September 2013. Highlights include:
- Lorcan Dempsey on how students engage with the network and open access resources
- Brian Lavoie on the variety of topics he has investigated in OCLC Research
- Three featured prototypes
- Eight publications released during the quarter
- A recap of OCLC Research news, events, webcasts, and presentations
- The six themes that shape our work, with a featured activity from each.
for additional OCLC news and events.
Upcoming Events and Conferences
Save the date! OCLC Americas Member Meeting and Symposium: The Hype and Hope of MOOCs
Join OCLC member-leaders and staff at ALA Midwinter for updates on OCLC programs, a Regional Council business meeting and a debate-style symposium on MOOCs. The meeting will take place on Friday, January 24, 2014, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Eastern Time
. Lunch will be provided and a reception will follow the symposium, which begins at 1:00 pm. Please make plans now to attend this event in person or virtually!
—Jane Jane Treadwell, Americas Regional Council Chair; University Librarian & Dean, Library Instructional Services, Brookens Library, University of Illinois at Springfield About the symposium
Accessibility and cost of education are on everyone's minds—administrators, faculty and librarians, politicians and parents. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) seem to offer a lifeline to schools and communities seeking to reinvent education and lifelong learning. But the conversation about MOOCs is complex and evolving. New partnerships are being formed to deliver tools and curriculum. New business models are emerging. Questions about accreditation and measurement abound. Do MOOCs represent a sea change for both public and academic libraries? Or just a new twist on distance learning? Join OCLC at the ALA Midwinter Symposium for a debate among MOOC practitioners, promoters and skeptics. Bryan Alexander, author of The New Digital Storytelling, an editor of the Horizon Report and a frequent writer/speaker on digital technology in education, will be our moderator.
ALA Midwinter will take place in Philadelphia and this meeting will also be streamed live from the Web.
Registration information, speakers and a full agenda will be available soon on the event web page
Achieving Thresholds for Discovery: Addressing Issues with EAD to Increase Discovery and Access Webinar
This webinar will provide information about the changes institutions can make to their Encoded Archival Description (EAD) practices to improve the discoverability of their materials.
The recent Code4Lib Journal
article "Thresholds for Discovery
" reported results from an OCLC Research analysis of 120,000 Encoded Archival Description (EAD) encoded finding aids; the article also highlighted issues with current encoding practices that would inhibit access and discovery. In 2012, Princeton University's Archival Description Working Group undertook an ambitious project to upgrade their finding aids delivery system, addressing many of the issues identified in the "Thresholds" article. Join us for a joint presentation of the OCLC Research and Princeton work, and discussion on steps that institutions can take both individually and collaboratively to improve their own thresholds for discovery. Speakers Merrilee Proffitt
Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Bruce Washburn
Consulting Software Engineer, OCLC Research Dan Santamaria
Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services, Princeton University
This webinar is free and open to all but advanced registration is required. Register here
to attend this webinar on 5 December at 10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST (UTC 18:00).
Regularly OCLC offers free, live, online presentations and demonstrations on our products and services. Whether you need an overview of a new product, or want to better understand how upgrades will enhance your workflow, click here
for a list of scheduled and pre-recorded web sessions.
Additional OCLC Links
Learn more about the OCLC products and services thousands of institutions worldwide use every day to manage many aspects of their libraries.
Search through our online information or contact one of our product support specialists. Find out more about OCLC's free, live, online and self-paced training for Cataloging, Resource Sharing and FirstSearch® services. You can also find online tutorials and information on customized training and consulting.
OCLC members own the cooperative and guide and shape its services, policies and direction. Find more information on how you can contribute today.
OCLC Research works with the community to collaboratively identify problems and opportunities, prototype and test solutions, and share findings through publications, presentations and professional interactions.
OCLC Services and Support
We’ve hired a new staff person to do our interlibrary loan. How do we get her trained on OCLC ILL? A:
MCLS will continue to provide training on OCLC products and services. Please consult our training schedule
or contact Heather Ladiski at 1-800-530-9019, ext. 133, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a specific question about an OCLC cataloging process. Whom do I call? A:
OCLC Customer Support will now respond to all questions related to OCLC products and services. Email email@example.com
or call 1-800-848-5800. Q:
What if I have just a really quick question about how to perform a certain function? Can I still call MCLS? A:
Contact OCLC Customer Support for all questions related to using OCLC products and services. OCLC support professionals are available 14 hours a day, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 1-800-848-5800.
How do I find out about a specific OCLC product that our library doesn’t currently have? A:
MCLS libraries will receive information about new and enhanced OCLC products and services via regular updates on the MCLS and OCLC Collaboration
page, and MCLS mailing lists. See also OCLC's Orders web page
How do I find out about pricing? A:
Most pricing and online order forms are available on OCLC's Orders web page
. For custom price quotes, you will need to contact email@example.com
How do I place an order? Do I call MCLS? A:
No, libraries will no longer place orders through MCLS. Libraries will now place all of their orders online at OCLC's Orders web page
. For questions on products and services, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 1-800-848-5800. For custom price quotes, you will need to contact email@example.com
Whom do I contact with a question about my OCLC bill? A:
OCLC Customer Support will now respond to all questions related to OCLC billing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 1-800-848-5800. Beginning with the bill for your July OCLC activity, which you will receive in August, OCLC will be responsible for all billing services. If you have a question, call Becky Hurley, OCLC Director of Order Services at 1-800-848-5878, ext. 4316.
Q: Will MCLS still offer non-OCLC products and services?
A: Yes. MCLS continues to serve its members with a variety of other library services including discounted pricing on a wide range of online reference databases, ebooks and ejournals from more than 50 publishers; training sessions (many online!) ranging from book repair to cataloging to e-readers; special programs featuring highly-regarded speakers covering timely subjects; and special rates from major library suppliers, including 3M/Checkpoint security supplies and hardware. MCLS also operates RIDES—the Regional Interlibrary Delivery Service—and works with the Library of Michigan to provide support and training for the Michigan e-Library (MeL) and MeLCat, a statewide resource-sharing catalog.