January 14, 2021
OCLC’s Capira mobile library services recognized with 2021 Modern Library Awards. OCLC's CapiraMobile and CapiraCurbside—mobile library services that offer flexibility, choice, and convenience for libraries and their users—have been recognized with LibraryWorks' 2021 Modern Library Awards. [Full Announcement].
December 9, 2020
National College of Art and Design now live with OCLCs WorldShare Management Services. The National College of Art and Design, based in Dublin, Ireland, is now using OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as their library services platform to support their objectives of enhancing student experience and improving staff workflows. [Full Announcement].
November 19, 2020
REALM project releases results from latest tests of coronavirus on five common building materials. The REALM project has released results from the sixth round of tests conducted in a Battelle laboratory that determined how long SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can remain active on five materials commonly used in furnishings, exhibits, and equipment found in museums, libraries, and archives. The tests examined architectural glass, marble, countertop laminate, brass, and powder-coated steel. Samples of each material were inoculated with active virus, allowed to dry, and then placed in an environmentally controlled chamber with no outside light or air. Results show that after two days, SARS-CoV-2 virus was no longer detectable on the brass and marble. After six days, virus was not detected on the glass, laminate, and powder-coated steel. [Full Announcement].
November 17, 2020
OCLC, Washington State University are creating digital stewardship training courses for tribal libraries, archives, museums, and small public libraries. OCLC's WebJunction, in partnership with Washington State University's Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, is creating a series of 10 free online courses for staff at tribal archives, libraries, museums, and small public libraries on digital stewardship and community-centered curation of cultural collections. These on-demand courses, adapted from the successful Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program developed at Washington State University, are scheduled to launch in early 2022. OCLC and WSU are partnering on this project with support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant. [Full Announcement].
November 9, 2020
Anja Smit, Shirley Chiu-wing Wong take seats on OCLC Board of Trustees. Anja Smit, University Librarian at Utrecht University in Utrecht, Netherlands, and Shirley Chiu-wing Wong, University Librarian at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, took their seats on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during the board's regular November meeting. Both were elected by OCLC Global Council to serve four-year terms on the board. [Full Announcement].
November 3, 2020
Québec universities now using OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services to share, search BCI library collections. Québec university libraries that are grouped together within the library Subcommittee of the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) are now managing, sharing and searching their collections through a single union catalog built on OCLC's WorldShare Management Services library services platform. [Full Announcement].
Les universités du Québec utilisent maintenant les Services de gestion WorldShare d’OCLC pour le partage et la recherche des collections de leurs bibliothèques. Les bibliothèques universitaires du Québec regroupées au sein du sous-comité des bibliothèques du Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) gèrent, partagent et dorénavant donnent accès à leurs collections par le biais d'un catalogue collectif hébergé sur la plateforme de services de gestion de bibliothèques WorldShare d'OCLC. [Full Announcement].
October 24, 2020
OCLC supports libraries, researchers, educators and students with open access content through WorldCat. OCLC is supporting libraries, researchers, educators and students with high-quality open access content that is discoverable and freely accessible through WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat.org. [Full Announcement].
October 16, 2020
K. Wayne Smith, former President and CEO of OCLC, dies at 82. Dr. K. Wayne Smith, former President and CEO of OCLC, has died at the age of 82. Smith led OCLC from 1989–1998, a period of enormous growth. He came to OCLC after a distinguished career in government, education, and business [Full Announcement].
October 14, 2020
REALM project releases results from latest tests of coronavirus on leather, summary of research. The REALM project has released results from the latest round of scientific tests to determine how long the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can remain on materials found in archives, libraries and museums, along with a summary of published research to help inform these institutions as they reopen to the public. New lab test findings from Battelle show that the infectious virus survived through eight days on both natural leather and synthetic leather fabrics. [Full Announcement].
OCLC signs agreements with publishers and other content providers worldwide. OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers and other content providers around the world to add metadata for high-quality electronic and print books, journals, databases, and other learning materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery. [Full Announcement].
September 22, 2020
OCLC and LIBER announce joint discussion series on Open Science. OCLC and LIBER announced today the launch of a discussion series on Open Science through webinars and discussion groups from 24 September-5 November. The series, based on the LIBER Open Science Roadmap, will help guide research libraries in envisioning the support infrastructure for Open Science (OS) and their role at local, national, and global levels. [Full Announcement].
September 18, 2020
Bucks County Free Library to make strategic plan a reality with help from OCLC Wise. Bucks County Free Library, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is the first consortium to sign on to implement OCLC Wise, the first community engagement system for U.S. public libraries. [Full Announcement].
September 14, 2020
Los Angeles Public Library selects CapiraCurbside to facilitate reopenings of its locations. CapiraCurbside, a web based, mobile friendly platform curbside library reservation platform, will help facilitate the reopening at 50 locations of the Los Angeles Public Library. LAPL is among the latest libraries to sign on to use the curbside platform. Since its launch on June 1, CapiraCurbside has added over 300 individual library customers, with more than 250,000 reservations created in its first two months of operation. [Full Announcement].
September 3, 2020
Scientists find virus still detectable after six days on four common library materials when stacked. Scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is still detectable after six days on four common library materials when they are stacked, which is a significantly longer attenuation period than had been detected on similar materials when they were not stacked. [Full Announcement].
August 13, 2020
OCLC and CRL enhance infrastructure to manage shared print serials in WorldCat. OCLC and the Center for Research Libraries have completed a two-year project that has added support for the registration of serial retention commitments in OCLC's WorldCat database, improved discovery of shared print data, and enhanced CRL's Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR). The expanded functionality is a significant step forward in collectively managing the preservation of the scholarly record for future generations. [Full Announcement].
July 31, 2020
OCLC named among 2020 Best Employers in Ohio. OCLC, the nonprofit global library technology and research organization based in Dublin, has been named among the “2020 Best Employers in Ohio.” OCLC has been recognized among the “Best Employers in Ohio” for 12 years since the program began in 2006. Crain's Content Studio-Cleveland published the 2020 Best Employers in Ohio list, in partnership with the Best Companies Group. The Best Employers in Ohio recognition is based in large part on confidential surveys of each organization's employees. OCLC is ranked 6th out of 22 recognized among the Best Employers in the Large Employers (250 or more employees) category. [Full Announcement].
July 27, 2020
OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services achieves FedRAMP authorization from U.S. Government. OCLC's WorldShare Management Services, a leading library services platform, has achieved United States Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorization following a rigorous evaluation to meet the U.S. Government's security requirements for cloud services. The United States Census Bureau Library served as OCLC's agency sponsor for FedRAMP. [Full Announcement].
July 21, 2020
Three public libraries selected to receive OCLC Community Engagement Awards. Three public libraries have been selected to receive OCLC Community Engagement Awards for outstanding programs that have transformed lives in the communities they serve. The programs and libraries selected as OCLC Community Engagement Award winners are: Orlando Children's Business Fair, Orange County Library System), Florida; Project BRIDGE: Building Relationships In Diverse Generational Experiences, Jackson District Library, Michigan; and Welcome Baby, Edmonton Public Library, Canada. Each library will receive $5,000 to help continue their outstanding efforts. [Full Announcement].
July 9, 2020
Cleveland Museum of Art now using OCLC's WorldShare Management Services. The Ingalls Library and Museum Archives, part of the Cleveland Museum of Art, is now using OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its library services platform. WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a cloud-based library services platform with WorldCat as its foundation, which allows library staff to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also enables staff to better manage resources in all formats and to provide their users with improved access to the library's collections and the world's knowledge. [Full Announcement].