DUBLIN, Ohio, 2 February 2018. Library and Archives Canada has launched Voilà, Canada's new National Union Catalogue that will make the country's documentary heritage more widely accessible and available to library users in Canada and around the world through WorldCat.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) catalogue data from Canadian libraries has been added to and will now be maintained in WorldCat, the most comprehensive union catalogue that represents the collections of hundreds of Canadian libraries and thousands of libraries around the world. Voilà is a subset of WorldCat created specifically to produce a Canadian view of the catalogue. As part of WorldCat, libraries in Canada have access to records of collections from libraries around the world; libraries around the world now have access to unique records from Canadian libraries.
"Voilà will enable LAC and the Canadian library community to make the published heritage of our country more accessible than ever before, and to share Canada's culture and knowledge with the world," said Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. Berthiaume introduced Voilà during the opening plenary session of the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2018 on 1 February.
"Library and Archives Canada is a leader in the global library community," said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. "We are proud to partner with LAC and other libraries and cultural heritage institutions to preserve and share Canadian history. By cataloguing and managing these rich resources in WorldCat, Canadian heritage will have even greater visibility and accessibility around the world."
Later this year, LAC will begin implementing OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its library services platform to manage and provide access to its own collection. WMS offers all of the applications needed to manage a library, including acquisitions, circulation, metadata, resource sharing, license management and a single-search discovery interface for library users. WMS also includes analytics tools and a range of standard reports, and allows library staff to develop their own analytics so they can better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.
LAC will maintain its LAC French-language name authority file using WMS. Once these authority records are migrated to the WMS platform late this summer, LAC will use WorldShare metadata management applications to create and update French name authorities. LAC French-language authority data will be integrated into OCLC's cataloguing services and also continue to be freely accessible through the Virtual International Authority File.
In addition to Library and Archives Canada, OCLC also partners with the national libraries of France, Germany, Japan, China, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and many others.
More about Voilà is on the LAC website.
About Library and Archives Canada
The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Stay connected with Library and Archives Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.
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.