DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 1 December 2008—Novanet and the University of New Brunswick have signed agreements to implement OCLC's WorldCat Local, the service that combines the cooperative power of OCLC member libraries worldwide with the ability to use WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services.
Novanet and the University of New Brunswick are the first library systems outside the United States to use WorldCat Local. These Canadian libraries join a growing number of libraries in the United States that are using WorldCat Local to help their users more easily find and get items in library collections.
WorldCat Local provides a powerful discovery environment that presents localized search results most relevant to the library user while at the same time allowing the user to search the entire WorldCat database of more than 100 million records.
"A key tenet of Novanet, a consortium of the post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia, is that members work collaboratively to provide our users with greater access to resources not held locally," said Bill Slauenwhite, Novanet Manager. "WorldCat Local will allow us to build on this to provide our faculty and students one-stop access to electronic and print materials available at their institution, at other Novanet institutions, regionally, and worldwide. Additionally, WorldCat Local, as a discovery layer on top of our shared database, will give individual Novanet universities and colleges the ability to apply their specific institution branding to the WorldCat Local interface."
WorldCat Local builds on WorldCat.org, which allows Web access to the world's largest database for discovery of materials held in libraries. Through a locally branded interface, WorldCat Local provides libraries the ability to search the entire WorldCat database and present localized results most accessible to the patron.
"WorldCat Local will provide a powerful discovery layer for our students and faculty to access our collection and licensed resources from a single search," said John Teskey, Director of Libraries at the University of New Brunswick.
"In addition, the search will expose relevant material from other libraries worldwide that can be obtained via Document Delivery," said Mr. Teskey, who also serves as Chair of OCLC Canada's Advisory Council, and is President-elect of the Canadian Library Association.
"We're very pleased that Novanet and the University of New Brunswick have agreed to use WorldCat Local, which until now, has only been implemented in the United States," said Daniel Boivin, Director of OCLC in Canada. "These libraries will now be able to expand and simplify their patrons' access to their collections, which span multiple physical locations. WorldCat Local will also help these libraries to connect patrons with additional resources available through the global network of WorldCat libraries."
The WorldCat Local service interoperates with locally maintained services like circulation, resource sharing and resolution to full text to create a seamless experience for the end user. WorldCat Local also includes future enhancements to WorldCat.org.
More information about WorldCat Local can be found at www.oclc.org/worldcatlocal/default.htm.
Novanet is a consortium of libraries working together to bring the best of their resources and services to the Nova Scotia academic community. Novanet provides an integrated catalogue and library management system as well as cooperative action in collection development and document delivery. Libraries participating in the Novanet consortium include:
- Atlantic School of Theology Library
- Cape Breton University Library
- Dalhousie University Libraries
- Killam Memorial Library
- Sexton Design & Technology Library
- Sir James Dunn Law Library
- W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library
- Mount Saint Vincent University Library
- Nova Scotia Agricultural College
- NSCAD University Library
- Nova Scotia Community College Library Services
- Akerley Campus (Dartmouth)
- Annapolis Valley Campus (Lawrencetown)
- Annapolis Valley Campus (Middleton)
- Burridge Campus (Yarmouth)
- Cumberland Campus (Springhill)
- Institute of Technology (Halifax)
- Kingstec Campus (Kentville)
- Lunenburg Campus (Lunenburg)
- Marconi Campus (Sydney)
- Pictou Campus (Stellarton)
- Shelburne Campus (Shelburne)
- Strait Area Campus (Port Hawkesbury)
- Truro Campus (Truro)
- Waterfront Campus (Dartmouth)
- Saint Mary's University Patrick Power Library
- St. Francis Xavier University Angus L. Macdonald Library
- University of King's College Library
About University of New Brunswick Libraries
Founded in 1785, the University of New Brunswick is one of the oldest public universities in North America. Its library system is comprised of the Fredericton campus libraries (Harriet Irving, Science and Forestry, and Engineering Libraries), the Gerard V. La Forest Law Library, and the Ward Chipman Library at UNB's Saint John campus. The UNB libraries hold over one million bound volumes, three million microforms, 220,000 government documents, 49,000 maps, and 4,000 current print journals, as well as many rare books, manuscripts, the University archives and a number of other special collections.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 69,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.