DUBLIN, Ohio, June 1, 2016. OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery services.
"OCLC partners with international content providers on behalf of our members to ensure discovery and access to libraries' most important and popular resources," said Suzanne Kemperman, OCLC Director, Business Development and Publisher Relations.
OCLC has agreements in place with more than 220 publishers and information providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources. OCLC recently signed agreements with the following content providers:
- ACI Scholarly Blog Index, based in Connecticut, USA, is an editorially created and curated index of scholarly social media. Authors are selected for inclusion based on their academic credentials as well as the scope and quality of their writing. Metadata, taxonomies and proprietary Author Profile Cards are appended to each publication.
- Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., based in Oakland, California, USA, is a leading publisher of business, personal development and current affairs titles. Berrett-Koehler's BKpedia offers collections in the areas of leadership, management, organization, professional development and economic justice.
- Cambridge University Press, based in Cambridge, United Kingdom, is part of the University of Cambridge. Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing list comprises 50,000 books covering academic research, professional development and more than 360 research journals in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
- Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), based in The Hague, Netherlands, promotes sustained access to digital research data. DANS provides access to thousands of scientific datasets, publications and other research information in the Netherlands with NARCIS, which allows open access to more than 1.2 million articles.
- HBO Kennisinfrastructuur, based in Utrecht, Netherlands, provides public access to the results of research done by Dutch Universities of Applied Science through HBO Kennisbank. The participating universities, SURF and Samenwerkingsverband Hogeschool Bibliotheken work together to maximize the visibility and use of research output. HBO Kennisbank covers a wide range of subject areas from business, health and information technology, to social studies with over 31,000 open access publications.
- Lexxion, based in Berlin, Germany, is a legal publisher of professional German- and English-language journals and books with a focus on European topics. Publications include topics such as European State Aid Law, Renewable Energy Law, European Procurement and Public Private Partnership.
- Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers, based in New Rochelle, New York, USA, is a leading company in the Scientific, Technical and Medical knowledge and information industry. Mary Ann Liebert Publishers is known for authoritative international publications in cutting-edge basic and translational biomedical research, with expanding scope in engineering, business, environment and legal publications.
- Safari Books Online, based in Sebastopol, California, USA, provides access to more than 45,000 digital books and videos. Topics range from programming to IT networking to project management to graphic design to business strategy. The content includes code snippets, certification preparation materials, practice exercises, training videos, and more.
- University of Chicago Press, based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, publishes more than 70 journals and hardcover serials, in a wide range of academic disciplines, including the social sciences, the humanities, education, the biological and medical sciences, and the physical sciences. These journals deliver original, peer-reviewed research from international scholars to a worldwide audience.
- West Academic, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, is the leading publisher of casebooks, treatises, study aids and other legal reference materials in the U.S. Founded on the principle of making legal information more accessible, West Academic has been a leader in legal publishing for more than 100 years.
Metadata from some of these publishers will also be made available to users through other OCLC services based on individual agreements. Details about how this metadata may be used in library management workflows will be communicated to OCLC users as the data is available.
By providing metadata and other descriptive content for more than 2 billion resources, these partnerships help libraries represent their electronic and physical collections more completely and efficiently. More about WorldCat Discovery services and OCLC partnerships is on the OCLC website.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.