From a Credo Reference Press Release: Boston and Oxford, (April 18, 2012) – OCLC and Credo Reference are pleased to announce a special collaboration project aimed to increase collection visibility and usage with library users. Credo’s Topic Pages will now be enhanced with WorldCat results to show local library materials alongside other timely, relevant Web materials.
With this new project, libraries that are both OCLC members and Credo customers will receive Credo Topic Pages at no charge for an introductory period. These libraries—along with current Topic Pages subscribers—will show WorldCat results from libraries worldwide that relate to the topic being searched. Libraries can have their results customized to show only local library holdings in WorldCat, as well as other customizations such as branding and deep links back to their catalog through this special project.
“OCLC is pleased to partner with Credo Reference to help libraries innovate through the OCLC WorldShare Platform and do more with their data in WorldCat,” said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. “Our shared goal is to put high-quality library materials where the users are. With this new project, we are offering libraries more value for their existing subscriptions, and providing end-users a richer experience.”
A campaign announcing this new partnership will feature the tag line, “We added more data—yours.” It launches today and runs through June 30, 2012.
“Libraries expect us to work with other organizations,” said Mike Sweet, Credo’s Credo Reference CEO. “And that’s in Credo’s DNA, to ask ‘how can we make this a better experience for librarians and their users?’ By providing more localized, specific results, we think our OCLC partnership does that.” To participate in the program, libraries that qualify for the WorldCat Search API Key can request it and agree to share it with Credo Reference. Credo Reference will then make the customizations on behalf of participating libraries.
All participating libraries will receive usage statistics on their customized Credo Topic Pages at the end of the introductory period. For more on whether your library qualifies, visit the project page at www.oclc.org/go/worldcatcredo.