DUBLIN, Ohio, 3 October 2018—OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers from around the world to add metadata for high-quality electronic and print books, journals, databases and learning materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery.
"OCLC continues to grow our partnerships with global content providers to offer access to resources in high demand by libraries," said Suzanne Kemperman, OCLC Director, Business Development and Publisher Relations. "The inclusion of authoritative publications and educational materials supports libraries in service to researchers, faculty, students and information seekers around the world."
OCLC has agreements in place with 350 publishers and content providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources. OCLC recently signed agreements with the following content providers:
- Begell House, Inc., based in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, was established as a source of scholarly publications in 1991. Begell House subscribers include major research, academic and governmental institutions as well as industrial corporations worldwide.
- Captise BV, located in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, provides professionals and management in healthcare with information services regarding staffing. They do this through the use of unique information banks, sector information, and maintaining a broad network of staffing information.
- Digital Theatre, based in London, UK, was founded in 2009 and is already the world's leading educational platform for the performing arts and English literature. They provide over 3 million students in over 1,600 schools, colleges and universities across 65 countries with unlimited access to over 900 full-length productions and educational resources.
- Edinburgh University Press, based in Edinburgh, UK, is one of the leading university presses in the UK. Their publications carry the imprimatur of one of Britain's oldest and most distinguished centers of learning and enjoy the highest academic standards through the scholarly appraisal of their Press Committee. The Press seeks excellence in its chosen subjects across book and journal programs in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
- The Electrochemical Society, based in Pennington, New Jersey, USA, is an international, society publisher and the home of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, the oldest peer-reviewed journal in its field and one of the most-highly cited journals in electrochemistry. In 2012, The Electrochemical Society launched the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, a peer-reviewed journal developed to focus on high-quality technical content in areas of solid state science and technology.
- Knowledge Unlatched, located in Berlin, Germany, provides free access to scholarly content and gives libraries worldwide a central place to support Open Access models from leading publishing houses and new OA initiatives. Knowledge Unlatched works with over 110 publishers and has made more than 1,500 monographs and journals freely available.
- Manchester University Press, located in Manchester, UK, is situated in the heart of one of the most vibrant universities and cities in the UK. Founded in 1903, publishing their first books in 1904, their distinctive brand is known globally for excellent research in the Humanities and Social Sciences from leading names and up-and-coming scholars from around the world. They currently publish more than 190 books each year, as well as seven journals.
- Mango Languages, located in Metro Detroit, Michigan, USA, provides practical, engaging language-learning experiences for libraries, schools, corporations, government agencies, and individuals. Mango's robust, self-paced learning system offers over 70 world languages and dialects, plus over 20 English courses, and teaches using conversational methodology and relevant, native-speaker dialogue.
- PLOS (Public Library of Science), based in San Francisco, California, USA, is a nonprofit Open Access publisher, innovator and advocacy organization dedicated to accelerating progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. The PLOS suite of journals contains rigorously peer-reviewed Open Access research articles from all areas of science and medicine, together with expert commentary and analysis.
- The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, located at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, is one of the world's leading archives of social science data. The Center's mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate public opinion data; to help improve the practice of survey research; and to broaden the understanding of public opinion through the use of survey data in the United States and abroad. The Center holds data ranging from the 1930s to the present and includes over 23,000 datasets, adding hundreds more each year.
Metadata from many of these publishers will also be made available to users through other OCLC services, including WorldCat.org, 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, these partnerships help libraries represent their electronic and physical collections more completely and efficiently. More about WorldCat Discovery and OCLC partnerships is on the OCLC website.
Available as a stand-alone service or as part of WorldShare Management Services, WorldCat Discovery provides over 3.5 billion records of electronic, digital and physical resources, including articles, books, dissertations and audiovisual materials in support of libraries and information seekers.
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.