BROSSARD, Québec, 26 March 2010. The University of Alberta, Red Deer College, Lakeland College and Concordia University College of Alberta are the first among NEOS member libraries to implement WorldCat Local, the OCLC service that delivers resources of local libraries and libraries around the world through a single search box.
All members of NEOS, a cooperative library consortium that comprises 18 government, hospital, college and university libraries throughout central and northern Alberta, have been given the option to implement OCLC’s WorldCat Local service. The University of Alberta, Red Deer College, Lakeland College, and Concordia University College of Alberta will complete their implementations by March 31, 2010, with more NEOS member libraries to follow in the coming months.
"WorldCat Local will help us achieve our vision of meeting the information needs of our users more effectively—as part of a comprehensive resource discovery strategy for the NEOS cooperative," said Ernie Ingles, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian at the University of Alberta. "And by using the phased approach to implementing WorldCat Local, NEOS member libraries can proceed at their own pace, aligning their resources and planning to ensure a smooth transition for their staff and users."
WorldCat Local is a rich discovery environment that presents local library search results most relevant to the library user, followed by materials available through consortia, as well as allowing the user to search the entire WorldCat database of more than 170 million records. WorldCat Local provides single-search access to discover all types of library materials—physical, electronic and digital. WorldCat Local will interoperate with NEOS members’ existing interlibrary loan management systems and help to streamline circulation among NEOS member libraries, while maintaining each member library’s localized branding.
"The WorldCat Local service will allow our users to more easily find items within our local holdings and the larger WorldCat database," said Kenton Good, Web Development Librarian at the University of Alberta. "WorldCat Local also will increase the use and visibility of the catalogue. It is an ideal solution for both undergraduate and graduate students."
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.