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October 16, 2020

(OCLC) 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

October 14, 2020

(OCLC) 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.

(OCLC) 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.

September 22, 2020

(OCLC) 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.

September 18, 2020

(OCLC) 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.

September 14, 2020

(OCLC) 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.

September 3, 2020

(OCLC) 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.

August 13, 2020

(OCLC) 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.

July 31, 2020

(OCLC) 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.

July 27, 2020

(OCLC) 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.

July 21, 2020

(OCLC) 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.

July 9, 2020

(OCLC) 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.

July 2, 2020

(OCLC) OCLC is the highest ranked supplier on the latest APUC Framework Agreement for Library Management Systems. Following a competitive tender evaluation process, OCLC's WorldShare Management Services achieved the highest overall score. The APUC Framework looks closely at development, implementation and support, and the functional capabilities of systems so that APUC members do not have to go through a tender process.

June 30, 2020

(OCLC) OCLC, the global library technology and research organization based in Dublin, Ohio, has been named among Insider Pro and Computerworld's 2020 Best Places to Work in IT. This is the 11th year OCLC has been selected as one of Computerworld's top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals. The honor is part of the IT publication's annual Best Places to Work in IT survey. OCLC placed at number 16 on the 2020 list in the Small Organization Rankings.

June 22, 2020

(OCLC) In the first phase of a project to develop and disseminate science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors, scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is not detectable on five common library materials after three days.

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