DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 9 August 2012. The University library of Skövde has selected WorldCat Local as its new discovery service, the first university library in Sweden to use OCLC's integrated solution for discovery of electronic, digital and print materials. The University library of Skövde plans to complete the first implementation phase of WorldCat Local at the start of the academic year in September.
The University library of Skövde was looking for a cost-effective solution with an extensive central index and comprehensive coverage of its holdings to provide students with fast and easy access to the library's electronic materials—more than 15,000 e-journal titles and more than 70,000 e-books.
After the university's records are loaded into WorldCat later in the year, print and digital materials will also be available for discovery in one single search and result set together with electronic publications. In addition to the discovery service, the WorldCat Local solution also provides a knowledge base and link resolver.
"We wanted a cost-effective and content-neutral solution, and because OCLC has already made over 950 million items available through WorldCat Local and is constantly adding more content, this was a strong point," said Library Director Ulf-Göran Nilsson. "Another reason we opted for WorldCat Local is that the user interface is thoroughly developed and has been well proven in many libraries around the world."
The University library of Skövde is planning to translate the interface into Swedish, which will make the Swedish WorldCat Local interface available to other Swedish institutions and users that are part of the OCLC worldwide cooperative.
By loading University library of Skövde records into WorldCat, its students and staff get quick, easy access to these materials via WorldCat Local, and other researchers and students around the world have the opportunity to discover these materials via WorldCat.org.
About the University library of Skövde
The University of Skövde serves about 11,000 Swedish and international students. The main areas of competence are Engineering Science, Computer Science and Cognitive Science, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Economics and Behavioural Science. The library collection includes 120,000 print volumes, 70,000 e-books and between 15,000 and 20,000 journal subscriptions, the majority of which are in the form of electronic journals. More information can be found at www.his.se.
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 on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.