BIRMINGHAM, UK, 19 February 2013—OCLC has announced it is working with several members of RLUK (Research Libraries UK), to pilot a new service which brings improvements to the way libraries manage electronic resources and to users' access of these valuable collections.
Powered by the WorldCat knowledge base, OCLC WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager delivers WorldCat MARC records for electronic materials automatically to libraries and ensures the metadata and access URLs for these collections are continually updated, significantly streamlining the processes of managing eResources.
A number of libraries in North America have already worked with OCLC to test WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager. The UK pilot will last six months, and will help hone the new service, ensuring it accommodates any regional nuances before general release.
"I anticipate that WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager will enable us to achieve better control over our eBook collection," explains Stuart Hunt, Data Services & Digital Production Manager, The University of Warwick. "We acquire eBooks from many different suppliers. Being able to consolidate the metadata from WorldCat, via Collection Manager, will help us work more effectively."
Talking about their motivations for joining the pilot, James Clark, Metadata Coordinator at King's College London, states: "We were keen to participate because Collection Manager looked like a very efficient way to manage our eBook collections. The ability to get all of our eBook records into our catalogue via automated daily updates could make a significant saving in staff time. We also hope that Collection Manager will make it easier for us to avoid acquiring unnecessary duplicates of eBooks, which is increasingly difficult given the growing number of eBook suppliers and the uptake of patron driven acquisition."
The full list of RLUK OCLC WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager pilot institutions are:
- King's College London
- The University of Manchester
- The University of Warwick
- University of Cambridge
- University of Leeds
- University of Oxford
- Wellcome Trust
"This has been an excellent opportunity for RLUK libraries to deploy and test this new service from OCLC," said Mike Mertens, Deputy Director of RLUK. "Being able to have the ability to shape WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager, that is, contextualise it for the UK academic library sector demonstrates the commitment that OCLC has to the notion of building community and also underlines the authoritative and exemplary knowledge and expertise possessed by staff working in RLUK libraries."
David Whitehair, Senior Product Manager, Metadata Management, OCLC, adds: "We are delighted to have the chance to work with these institutions before a full UK release. We have pretty much passed the tipping-point in academic libraries – electronic collections now outweigh print. These changes bring new challenges. Library staff often have to support multiple workflows, manually tracking data of varying frequencies and quality from different sources. WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager is informed by the needs of our members, and will simplify the whole process of metadata management in the growing area of eResources."
About Research Libraries UK
Research Libraries UK is a consortium of 33 of the largest research organizations in the UK and Ireland, including the three UK national libraries. Founded more than 25 years ago, RLUK has directly and indirectly sponsored some of the major free online UK resources in support of research, including Copac, the de facto UK Union Catalogue. RLUK's mission is to work with their members and partners, nationally and internationally, to shape and to realise the vision of the modern research library.
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 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalogue, 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.