||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
Meet with your OCLC cooperative colleagues at the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference 2014
If you’re heading to Indianapolis for PLA 2014, plan to join your OCLC colleagues to discover new ways to participate in the OCLC cooperative. Meet with other OCLC members and consult with our team on solutions that will help you serve your public library users more effectively. OCLC will be in Booth 1331, so please make time to visit!
We have many events planned, including these four that will be held in Room 212 at the Indiana Convention Center:
To learn more and register for these session click here>>
- Dewey Breakfast: Learn what’s new with Dewey, including DDC 23, Abridged Edition 15 and WebDewey 2.0; and share ideas and notes with your colleagues.
- Launching online special collections using CONTENTdm: Join us to learn how to highlight to your library and community through your special collections. Hear what two Indiana libraries have accomplished with OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software.
- "Strengthening CE Content for Libraries” Grant: WebJunction and Infopeople are working together to pilot practical models for developing new e-learning content for library staff and to build the skills and capacity of CE providers to rapidly and collaboratively design and deliver content on topics essential to the field. Learn more about this IMLS-funded grant and pick up a copy of the updated 2014 edition of the Competency Index for the Library Field.
- OCLC Update Lunch: Hear Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO, who will host the OCLC Update. Join your colleagues and learn more about OCLC’s latest initiatives in support of public libraries.
OCLC will present several other programs that are on the PLA schedule—please check there for locations and any registration requirements. Our programs include:
- We Geek Advocacy: Using Lessons from Turning the Page and Geek the Library—preconference event
- Go Local with Geek the Library—part of the CONVERSTATION series
- Shine the Light: Increasing Your Library’s Visibility Without Increasing Costs
- Libraries and the ACA—part of the CONVERSTATION series
- Learner at the Center: Empowerment or Target?
- What Do Genealogists Really Want from a Public Library?
Of course one of the best ways to see OCLC services and to ask questions is to visit OCLC Booth 1331. And, you can enter a drawing for our OCLC gift basket!
Cast your vote by March 14th, 2014 for OCLC Americas Regional Council and Global Council
Please join the Americas Regional Council (ARC) Nominating Committee in congratulating all of our candidates and thanking the many members who took the time to nominate their colleagues. Voting opened on 24 January 2014, and close on 14 March 2014. Voting representatives received an e-mail with instructions on how to cast their votes online on 24 January. OCLC will send several reminder e-mails, as well as a printed sample ballot with voting instructions to voting representatives. If you are your institution's voting representative and you have any questions regarding the election, please send us an e-mail
—Dalia Dalia is currently a Global Council Delegate and Library Director, Penrose Library, Whitman College (Washington State, USA). Read about the candidates here>>
Weren’t able to make it ALA MW 2014? Watch the OCLC Symposium: The Hope and Hype of MOOCs videos!
Accessibility and the 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. This symposium was part of OCLC's Collective Insight
This debate was moderated by Skip Prichard and the symposium speakers included:
View video highlights from the symposium here>>
- Bryan Alexander, author of The New Digital Storytelling, an editor of the Horizon Report and a frequent writer/speaker on digital technology in education;
- Anya Kamenetz, a contributing writer for Fast Company, the Digital/Edu blogger for the Hechinger Report, and author of Generation Debt (2006), DIY U (2010) and the forthcoming The Test (2015);
- Ray Schroeder, Professor Emeritus and Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield, and Director of the Center for Online Leadership and Strategy at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA);
- Audrey Watters, a technology journalist and founder of Hack Education;
- Cathy De Rosa, OCLC Vice President for the Americas and Global Vice President of Marketing.
OCLC Exposes Bibliographic Works Data as Linked Open Data – Blog post by Roy Tennant, OCLC Research
Today in Cape Town, South Africa, at the OCLC Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council (EMEARC) Meeting, my colleagues Richard Wallis and Ted Fons made an announcement
that should make all library coders and data geeks leap to their feet. I certainly did, and I work here. However, viewed from our perspective this is simply another step along a road that we set out on some time ago. More on that later, but first to the big news:
Read the full blog post here>>
- We have established “work records” for bibliographic records in WorldCat, which bring together the sometimes numerous manifestations of a work into one logical entity.
- We are exposing these records as linked open data on the web, with permanent identifiers that can be used by other linked data aggregations.
- We have provided a human readable interface to these records, to enable and encourage understanding and use of this data.
Coming in March 2014: WorldCat Discovery Services
In March 2014, OCLC will release WorldCat Discovery Services
, a new suite of cloud-based applications that brindgs FirstSearch® and WorldCat® Local services together, making it possible for more than 18,000 FirstSearch libraries to offer a richer discovery experience for users. A central index expands e-content access to all FirstSearch libraries
WorldCat Discovery Services will enable users to discover more than 1.3 billion electronic and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of WorldCat and a central index representing nearly 2,000 e-content collections. WorldCat Discovery will enable information seekers from mutually subscribing libraries to search authoritative sources from providers such as EBSCO, Gale and ProQuest.
Direct links from citations to full-text resources will be available for libraries that use OCLC cataloging and the WorldCat® knowledge base. Resources not available electronically can be delivered through integrated interlibrary loan. New features for FirstSearch subscribers
Additional new features provided for libraries that maintain up-to-date holdings in WorldCat
- A new user interface that adapts automatically to mobile devices
- Access to a central index that represents more than a billion articles, e-books and other e-content
- The ability to manage access to digital collections with CONTENTdm “quick start”
- Direct links to full-text resources to which a library subscribes
- A built-in A to Z list
- A library’s resources listed first in search results
Libraries that maintain current holdings in WorldCat will also continue to benefit from increased visibility of their resources in WorldCat.org and through search engines and other popular websites where people often begin their research. A year-long transition
WorldCat Discovery Services will be available to all current FirstSearch subscribers in March 2014 as part of existing subscriptions. FirstSearch will operate in parallel during a year-long transition, allowing libraries to choose their transition timing. WorldCat Local and WorldShare® Management Services libraries can begin to use WorldCat Discovery Services during a beta period that begins in April 2014. WorldCat Discovery Services was developed and refined with feedback from more than 650 beta participants from the FirstSearch user community as well as a 30-member Advisory Group. Video preview - Take a look at WorldCat Discovery Services (3 min.) Find out more about WorldCat Discovery and sign up for an upcoming webinar »
for additional OCLC news and events.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
or call 1-800-848-5800. For custom price quotes, you will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.