Archive for June 12th, 2006
Please join OCLC for the Union List Users Group meeting at the American Library Association 2006 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The session will be on Sunday, June 25, 2006, 1:30 p.m – 3:00 p.m. at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in the Belle Chasse Room.
The agenda includes an update on Local Holdings Maintenance, enhancements that capitalize on that data, and what will come next.
You can register for this session on the OCLC Web site. While there, you can also register for other OCLC sessions at ALA.
June 12th, 2006
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June 12th, 2006
Many libraries have access to WorldCat on FirstSearch through one of the many statewide or consortia subscriptions, yet are unsure how to promote WorldCat to their users. Libraries are increasing the value of WorldCat for genealogical research as they add records representing both print and digitized special collection and local history material to WorldCat.
The panelists in this session have experience in explaining the value of WorldCat on FirstSearch to their genealogy researchers, providing WorldCat directly to those users, and in obtaining materials for them. Come hear these experienced professionals talk about teaching and promoting WorldCat for genealogical research, then discuss your experiences or questions with them.
In addition, there will be a discussion about RLG’s new ArchiveGrid service.
Callie McGinnis, Dean of Libraries, Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia
Curt Witcher, Department Manager for the Reynolds Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library, in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Tina Beaird, Reference Librarian/Local Historian/Genealogist at the Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield, Illinois
WHEN: Saturday, June 24 from 1:30 – 3:30 am
WHERE: Hilton New Orleans Riverside – Fountain Room
Register here to attend this valuable discussion.
June 12th, 2006
Online products and services to be integrated with OCLC’s
RLG-Programs division now part of OCLC Programs and Research
DUBLIN, Ohio, June 9, 2006—RLG member institutions have approved a proposal to combine operations with OCLC, clearing the way for two of the world’s largest membership-based information organizations to become one beginning July 1.
RLG’s online products and services are being integrated with OCLC’s, and RLG’s program initiatives are being continued as RLG-Programs, a membership-based organization that operates as a new division of OCLC Programs and Research to support architecture, standards development and best practices.
“With the addition of RLG, we have gained a wealth of knowledge, experience and talent,” said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. “Our combined organization leverages our individual program strengths, services and innovative research initiatives to deliver more value to a greater number of libraries, museums, archives and other research organizations worldwide.”
“We intend to combine the practices of RLG and OCLC in a very powerful way—by putting together the traditions of RLG and OCLC we’ll create a robust new venue for research institutions and new capacity that will provide unique and beneficial outcomes to the whole community,” said James Michalko, former RLG President and now Vice President, RLG-Programs Development.
The RLG Board of Directors and the OCLC Board of Trustees announced the proposal to combine organizations May 3. The agreement was approved by the required two-thirds of voting RLG member institutions. Voting concluded this week.
Staff from both organizations have been meeting since the proposal was announced in May to begin planning for the integration of systems, products and services. RLG’s online products and services will be integrated with OCLC’s as appropriate. For example, RLIN, the RLG Union Catalog, will be integrated into WorldCat, delivering economies of scale and reach that will benefit members of both RLG and OCLC.
A FAQ includes information on the combined organization as well as updates on some specific products and services. The FAQ is updated as information becomes available.
June 12th, 2006