BROSSARD, Québec, Canada, 14 June 2010—OCLC Canada LTS Library Technical Services will perform full cataloguing and physical processing of library materials for 18 of the 24 publicly-funded Ontario colleges, under the terms of a consortial agreement negotiated on behalf of the colleges by the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS).
Established in 2009, OCLS is responsible for providing a suite of services to the libraries of the 24 colleges of applied arts and technology throughout the province. Beginning in March 2010, library materials for the 18 participating colleges will be shipped from various vendors directly to OCLC Canada LTS for MARC cataloguing and physical processing. Once fully implemented, OCLC Canada LTS will catalogue and process an estimated 40,000 items annually.
"One of the benefits of this new workflow is that the colleges’ holdings will now appear in WorldCat, the world's largest online resource for finding information in libraries," said Daniel Boivin, Director, OCLC Canada. "The colleges’ holdings will add value to other participating WorldCat libraries. Because of these collaborative activities, the colleges have become OCLC members and will enjoy the many benefits that accompany membership in the OCLC cooperative."
"The college libraries, together with OCLS, have partnered with OCLC Canada LTS because of their cataloguing expertise for academic materials, including cataloguing in both official languages and for multiple formats, as well as the opportunity to join a global library community that is rooted in collaboration", said Marilyn Crawford, Executive Director at OCLS. "Both of these values complement our vision of shared, efficient and cost-effective library services."
OCLC Canada LTS will work with OCLS to retrospectively update the holdings in WorldCat for each of the participating college libraries.
About Ontario Colleges Library Service
Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) provides three core services for the benefit of all college libraries: a Colleges Union Catalogue; negotiation and management of vendor agreements, including licenses for electronic resources; and research as defined and recommended by Heads of Libraries and Learning Resources (HLLR) of the colleges. OCLS also offers opt-in services that college libraries may elect to use on a pay-for-use basis. These services will operate on a cost-recovery model and include Video-on-Demand, which is a video-streaming service; federated search service; remote authentication service; and a centrally hosted ILS.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 171 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.