DUBLIN, Ohio, January 14, 2008—Following results from several pilots, Cornell University Library, the State Library of Ohio and the University of Delaware Library have signed agreements to use WorldCat Local, a new service that combines the cooperative power of OCLC member libraries worldwide with the ability to customize WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services.
WorldCat Local was introduced as a pilot in April 2007. Pilot projects are currently under way to determine interoperability with a variety of systems. University of Washington, Peninsula Library System in California, Libraries in Illinois, The Ohio State University and the University of California Libraries are all currently involved in WorldCat Local pilot projects. WorldCat Local moves from pilot into production in 2008.
WorldCat Local builds on WorldCat.org, which allows Web access to the world’s richest database for discovery of materials held in libraries. Through a locally branded interface, WorldCat Local provides libraries the ability to search the entire WorldCat database and present localized results most accessible to the patron. These might include internal special collections, collections shared in a consortium, and open access collections.
The WorldCat Local service interoperates with locally maintained services like circulation, resource sharing and resolution to full text to create a seamless experience for the end user. WorldCat Local will also include future enhancements to WorldCat.org.
"OCLC has a long and distinguished history of supporting libraries in their role of bringing information to users. The University of Delaware Library is delighted to be at the forefront in this next generation of information access," said Susan Brynteson, May Morris Director of Libraries, University of Delaware Library.
WorldCat Local offers the same feature set as WorldCat.org, such as a single search box, relevancy ranking of search results, result sets that bring multiple versions of a work together under one record, faceted browse capability, citation formatting options, cover art and additional evaluative content.
"Users want to discover more than just local holdings," said Anne R. Kenney, Interim University Librarian, Cornell University. "WorldCat Local brings back results in layers based on holding locations and delivery options. Closest and quickest rise to the top and the rest of the world follows in ever expanding circles. This was key to us: the ability to connect our Ithaca users to Weill Cornell Medical College, Borrow Direct and all the other OCLC libraries."
"WorldCat Local will improve our outreach and service to state government and libraries in Ohio by bringing all of our resources to all of our library users," said Jo Budler, State Librarian, State Library of Ohio, the first state library to move into WorldCat Local production. "OCLC is a worldwide leader in library technology, and it is based here in Ohio. We are proud to be the first state library making a commitment to OCLC’s WorldCat Local."
Those interested in WorldCat Local for their institutions should contact their OCLC representative. More information about WorldCat Local can be found at www.oclc.org/worldcatlocal/default.htm.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 60,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.