DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, October 3, 2012—Marjolein Nieboer, librarian at the RUG Library, and Marjan Bonink, acting head of the HanzeMediatheek, both in Groningen, the Netherlands, have signed an agreement with OCLC for the delivery of WorldCat Local, OCLC's integrated discovery service.
WorldCat Local offers students and faculty access to millions of resources worldwide: books, journals, databases, eBooks, eJournals, etc. One search finds all materials in OCLC's worldwide network of library catalogs and collections: WorldCat. In case of electronic resources, one click can give direct access to the full-text document. Further, links can be made to social media and students and faculties can access the catalog anytime and anywhere on their smartphone or tablet via a mobile interface.
"Making the RUG and Hanze collections, as well as others, easily accessible and searchable is a long standing wish that this agreement will make come true," said Marjolein Nieboer. "This also marks a reinforcement of the cooperation between our organisations in information dissemination for the scientific and higher vocational education in Groningen."
In the coming months, the RUG Library and the HanzeMediatheek will work with OCLC on the implementation of this catalog and discovery tool. The plan is to have WorldCat Local available for the library users early next year.
Groningen University (RUG) dates back to 1614 and has 28,000 students and 5,000 staff. Hanzehogeschool Groningen started in 1798 and is the oldest multisector vocational education institution of the Netherlands. Located in 4 cities, it has almost 26,000 students and 2,700 staff. Since 1998, RUG and Hanzehogeschool have been working closely together.
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.