Category Archives: Discovery

OCLC launches WorldCat metadata API

DUBLIN, Ohio, 19 June 2013—OCLC has launched the new WorldCat Metadata API that will enable member libraries and partners to build and share applications on the OCLC WorldShare Platform for libraries to catalog their collections in WorldCat.

The WorldCat Metadata API supports a variety of cataloging functionality for libraries to catalog their collections in WorldCat. Libraries will be able to create applications with the new API to add new and enrich existing WorldCat bibliographic records, and maintain WorldCat institution holdings and local bibliographic data. Continue reading

HathiTrust partners with DPLA for discovery of public domain and open content

Ann Arbor, MI – The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content.

DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. By offering a unified discovery point for these disparate collections, DPLA aims to make readily available to the public the words, images, sounds, and objects of America’s shared cultural heritage. Continue reading

Gale metadata to be indexed in EBSCO Discovery Service

Big news today from EBSCO.  They will begin to index the metadata from Gale databases, ebooks, and archival collections.  More information, including the full list of Gale resources included in the agreement, is below.  Gale announced a similar partnership with OCLC for WorldShare program in January of this year.

IPSWICH, Mass. / BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  — May 28, 2013 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, have agreed to make Gale databases and archives discoverable through EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). The agreement allows EBSCO to index Gale metadata and make it discoverable for mutual customers through EBSCO Discovery Service. Continue reading

BioOne Online Journals now discoverable through EBSCO EDS

EBSCO and BioOne are in partnership to increase the discovery of over 100,000 scholarly articles from biosence research journals.  The EDS will index the metadata of these journals for full discovery in the EDS.  Mutual customers may then access the fulltext via the EDS.  More from the press release below.

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 7, 2013 — BioOne Online Journals are now searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), from EBSCO Publishing. EBSCO Discovery Service users are able to search more than 100,000 scholarly articles from bioscience research journals in the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service. The addition of this valuable resource adds to the rapidly growing STM content available to EDS users.

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WorldCat database reaches 2 billion holdings

OCLC announced yesterday that the WorldCat database reached a record number of 2 billion holdings.   I am simply amazed by the growth of this database over the years.  WorldCat has been a great resource for discovering content and extending a library’s collection through interlibrary loan service.  Here is more from the press release:

On Saturday, May 4, at 2:58 a.m. (MDT), the holding symbol for the University of Alberta Libraries, in Edmonton, was set through an automated process to the WorldCat record for the e-book, Evaluation of the City of Lakes Family Health Team Patient Portal Pilot Project: Final Report, published in 2012 by the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research. It was the 2 billionth holding set in WorldCat. The e-book catalog record was created by the Canadian Electronic Book Library, an e-book provider in Canada, and was enhanced through OCLC’s automated authority control processing system. Continue reading

ebrary and ProQuest content discoverable in single, integrated search

Good news for ebook discovery.

April 9, 2013 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest is streamlining research by enabling ebrary® and ProQuest® content to be discovered within a single search experience. Now, researchers can surface e-books side-by-side with relevant reports, videos, journal and newspaper articles and more in one step. The advance in searching comes via linking technology that enables users to navigate seamlessly from search results to the platform that best supports the content they want to explore. Continue reading

EBSCO’s EDS to index OUP’s UPSO and DNB resources

Discovery tools are continuing to grow by adding unique resources from publishers.  EBSCO is announcing an extended partnership with Oxford University Press to add University Press Scholarship Online and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to the EDS.

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 5, 2013 EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Oxford University Press (OUP) have extended their partnership enabling two additional authoritative resources from OUP, University Press Scholarship Online and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, to be searchable within EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Oxford University Press is the world’s largest university press offering content in more than 40 languages for audiences from pre-school to secondary level schoolchildren; students to academics; general readers to researchers; individuals to institutions. Continue reading

OCLC to index metadata and full text of all Gale databases and archives for greater discovery in WorldCat Local

Received this press release from OCLC today.  The metadata and full text of ALL Gale databases and archives will be fully discoverable in WorldCat Local. This will be a great benefit to mutual subscribers of OCLC and Gale products. More from the press release:

New agreement will provide libraries and users broader access to Gale collections through the OCLC WorldShare Platform

DUBLIN, Ohio, January 23, 2013—OCLC and Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, have agreed to make all Gale databases and archives fully discoverable through WorldCat Local, and to explore broadening discoverability of Gale collections through other applications available through the OCLC WorldShare Platform. Continue reading

Ten publishers add eBook metadata to WorldCat

Metadata is the key to eBook discovery.  I’m glad to see these publishers sharing their content with WorldCat.

DUBLIN, Ohio, January 18, 2013—OCLC has signed new agreements with leading publishers around the world to add more e-book metadata to WorldCat, the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries worldwide.

This new WorldCat metadata will be integrated into library management workflows using OCLC’s cataloging services and discoverable by users through a variety of library discovery services, including WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org. Continue reading

Open Access eBooks: Part Three – DOAB

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day.  The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections.   If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

The Directory of Open Access Books – The DOAB – is a service of the OAPEN Foundation.  As of Monday evening, they provided the metadata for 1217 peer reviewed, academic, open access ebooks from 33 publishers.  I featured the OAPEN on Monday in my open access post.  The difference between these two services is that the DOAB contains only the metadata.  The full-text must be downloaded from various publisher sites (links are provided).  The OAPEN on the other hand, provides the metadata and full-text of the titles.

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