DUBLIN, Ohio, January 19, 2012. OCLC is working with the E-resource Advisory Council, a group of 10 library leaders who have agreed to help guide the cooperative in advancing a new Webscale, electronic resource management strategy.
As library investments and patron demands for e-resources continue to grow, libraries need to effectively manage these resources alongside their print materials. OCLC has responded to this change through a strategy that includes adding licensed and open access content to WorldCat, building the knowledge base for e-resources, enhancing resource sharing to allow the sharing of electronic articles, and introducing an entire suite of new services for electronic materials. That suite includes link resolving, acquisitions, and a license manager for subscription, access, license, vendor and rights management.
The advisory council is advising OCLC on that strategy, and on refining a clear message around that strategy. The council is also exploring new ways the cooperative can help to maximize exposure of electronic collections and the same time reduce the total cost of acquiring, managing and exposing electronic collections.
Members of the E-resource Advisory Council are:
- Regine Becher, User Services Project Manager, Conservation and Collection Care Manager, Bavarian State Library
- Maria Collins, Associate Head, Content Acquisitions and Licensing, North Carolina State University
- Jennifer Kuehn, Interim Head, Collection Development, The Ohio State University
- Anne Prestamo, Associate Dean for Collection and Technology Services, Oklahoma State University
- Tim Rogers, Executive Director, NC LIVE
- Dr. Hildegard Schäffler, Head of Serials and Electronic Media, Bavarian State Library
- Gregg Silvis, Librarian and Assistant Director for Library Computing Systems, University of Delaware
- Bonnie Tijerina, Assistant Director for Collection Services, Claremont Colleges
- Holly Tomren, Head, Metadata Services, Drexel University
- Stefanie Wittenbach, University Librarian, Texas A&M University--San Antonio
- Ted Fons, Executive Director, Data Services, OCLC, ex officio
- Andrew Pace, Executive Director, Networked Library Services, OCLC, ex officio
"Serving on the E-resource Advisory Council has been useful for me to get a better understanding of OCLC's vision of how emerging services will be able to benefit library workflows," said Jennifer Kuehn, Interim Head, Collection Development, The Ohio State University, and council member.
"OCLC is fortunate to work with a group of recognized thought leaders dedicated to helping libraries face an issue of critical importance to libraries," said Ted Fons, Executive Director, Data Services & WorldCat Quality. "The E-resource Advisory Council provides an excellent opportunity for OCLC staff to articulate our vision and to listen carefully to the profession's leaders. The Council is an enormous asset to the cooperative as we work together to anticipate new needs in e-resource management."
The E-resource Advisory Council is planning to meet next during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Texas.
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 170 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.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.