OCLC and Elsevier have expanded their partnership to improve discovery of content. More from the press release:
DUBLIN, Ohio, January 31, 2012—OCLC and Elsevier, a leading provider of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information products and services worldwide, have signed an agreement that will make the full text from Elsevier’s SciVerse ScienceDirect journals and e-books available to users of OCLC’s WorldCat Local.
The expanded partnership makes it possible for researchers and students to search the full text of content from SciVerse ScienceDirect through WorldCat Local, OCLC’s discovery and delivery service that offers access to more than 922 million items through a single search box. Authenticated users from subscribing libraries can then access the full text of these journals and e-books. The new full-text searching feature is in addition to indexing and abstracts from Elsevier already available through WorldCat Local. Continue reading
I’ve received two emails today with information about the OCLC/Books24x7 announcement regarding Books24x7 records in WorldCat. The first is from Books24x7 which offers specific details on the available records and procedures for downloading. The second is from OCLC and is more general information about the partnership.
Books24x7 press release:
Books24x7 is pleased to announce that we are now working with OCLC to add Books24x7 library MARC records to WorldCat. This means that libraries subscribing to OCLC cataloging can now begin retrieving Books24x7 library MARC records from OCLC WorldCat via OCLC Connexion for titles in the following collections, effective now: Continue reading
Picked up this news from an OCLC press release today: OCLC and Ex Libris Group® have signed an agreement that will enable Ex Libris to incorporate the WorldCat Search API into several Ex Libris discovery and delivery services, providing OCLC member libraries access to WorldCat through the Ex Libris Primo® and MetaLib® solutions.
Ex Libris will integrate the WorldCat Search API, which provides machine-to-machine access to WorldCat bibliographic records and holdings data, into its applications to make the collections of OCLC libraries discoverable. Libraries will be able to activate this functionality by registering their key to the WorldCat Search API within their Ex Libris system.
Discovery services continue to add full text content. Two press releases this week announced that HathiTrust Digital Library content is now searchable through the EBSCO and OCLC WorldCat discovery services. Below are some snippets from each press release:
EBSCO: HathiTrust includes the digitized collections of more than 50 major research institutions and libraries. The HathiTrust Digital Library combines the resources of the partner institutions in order to preserve these vast digital collections. A large portion of the digital library is made up of books that have been digitized in agreement with Google Books. Additional content includes digitized content from partners including university presses and individual library’s collections. The enormity of HathiTrust’s digitized repository significantly expands the search experience for discovery users. Although HathiTrust offers a standalone search service, through EBSCO Discovery Service, users will soon be able to search HathiTrust’s collection of over 8.5 million digitalized volumes including over 9.5 million volumes, including more than five million book titles and 250,000 serial titles as part of EDS. Enabling the search of full text as part of EDS revitalizes these records by bringing them to the forefront of the user’s search experience and allows them to discover more of the library’s collection.
OCLC: Under this new agreement, OCLC will be able to integrate the full-text index of HathiTrust collections into services such as WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local. Following integration of the full-text index, users will be able to search beyond bibliographic records to include the full text of these cooperatively built library collections in their searches.
Content from the HathiTrust Digital Library complements member libraries’ collections already in WorldCat. Through a single search of WorldCat.org or WorldCat Local, users will easily find HathiTrust resources and other materials available in their own collections, and in the collections of thousands of libraries around the world that are part of the OCLC cooperativ
From an OCLC Press Release:
OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers and other content providers from around the world to add more databases and collections to WorldCat Local, the OCLC discovery service that offers users integrated access to more than 800 million items in libraries worldwide.
Libraries using WorldCat Local can offer users access to 1,400 databases and collections, and more than 500 million articles.
OCLC recently signed agreements with publishers to make more content available through WorldCat Local, including:
- Annual Reviews: The U.S.-based Annual Reviews will add its highly cited critical review journals in disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical & Social Sciences and Economics fields.
- ASABE: The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international scientific and educational organization furthering the advancement of engineering in agricultural, food, and biological systems. ASABE will make its publications available via its online Technical Library.
- Berkeley Electronic Press: ResearchNow, published by Berkeley Electronic Press, comprises peer-reviewed academic journals in Economics, Law, Statistics, Medicine and the Humanities. Continue reading
After 2 years of research and usability studies, WorldCat Local discovery tool now offers a mobile-optimized site. Any library with WorldCat Local or visibility on WorldCat.org can claim their unique URL and use it to support their mobile users.
More from the press release: A production version of mobile-optimized WorldCat Local is now available to libraries following beta testing of the service that makes it possible for mobile users to discover items, see location, shelf status, call numbers, and more in their local library, and in libraries worldwide.
From an OCLC press release: A recent agreement between OCLC and Brill Academic Publishers will make Brill’s reference, book and journal content available to library users through WorldCat Local, the OCLC discovery-to-delivery service that offers users integrated access to electronic, digital and physical library materials.
Full text of content from Brill Academic Publishers will be available for search through WorldCat.org and the Touchpoint discovery service in addition to WorldCat Local. WorldCat Local authenticated users will also be able to search Brill’s abstract and index databases, including Index Islamicus, which has been the leading bibliography on Islam and the Muslim world for almost 100 years. Continue reading
Very exciting news from OCLC. The 10 millionth record was added to WorldCat, and it’s a PDF open access book from an online repository!
More from the press release: A record for a book accessible online, titled Task-oriented and Purposeful Robot-Assisted Therapy, marked the 10 millionth record added to WorldCat via the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway. The record was harvested into WorldCat by staff at InTech, an open access publisher located in Rijeka, Croatia. Continue reading
DUBLIN, Ohio, May 31, 2011—WorldCat Local, the OCLC discovery service that offers users integrated access to more than 800 million items in libraries around the world, has added more databases and collections from leading publishers and other information providers to make content more accessible to library users through the Web.
WorldCat Local offers access to books, journals and databases from a variety of international publishers and information providers; the digital collections of groups like HathiTrust, OAIster and Google Books; open access materials; and the collective resources of libraries worldwide through WorldCat.
With these latest additions, libraries using WorldCat Local can now offer users access to 1,400 databases and collections, and more than 500 million articles.
This month, OCLC added databases and collections to the WorldCat Local central index, including: Continue reading
From Eric Hellman’s blog, Go To Hellman – The fourth section my book chapter on Open Access eBooks looks at theier relationship with libraries. I previously posted the Introduction, What does Open Access mean for eBooks and Business Models for Creation of Open Access E-Books. I’ll be posting one more section, a conclusion.
Thank you for all of your comments; the completed chapter (and OA eBook) will be better for them.
Libraries and Open Access E-Books
One of the missions of libraries is to provide access to all sorts of information, including e-books. If an e-book is already open access, what role is left for libraries play?
Here’s a thought-experiment for libraries: imagine that the library’s entire collection is digital. Should it include Shakespeare? Should it include Moby Dick? These are available as public domain works from Project Gutenberg; providing these editions in a library collection might seem to be superfluous. Many librarians have been trying to convince their patrons that “free stuff on the Internet” is often inferior to the quality information available through libraries. There are certainly e-book editions of these works available for purchase with better illustrations, better editing, annotations, etc. Should libraries try to steer patrons to these resources instead of using the free stuff? Continue reading