DUBLIN, Ohio, April 7, 2009—OCLC and EBSCO have signed an agreement that makes it possible for libraries that subscribe to both WorldCat Local and EBSCOhost services to provide their users with easy online access to the full text of a wide range of authoritative electronic content through the Web.
As part of the WorldCat.org Partner Program, EBSCO’s authoritative content, which includes some of the most popular databases in libraries, will be more visible to library patrons through WorldCat Local, the OCLC service based on the WorldCat.org platform that connects library users to local, regional and global library resources through a single search box.
OCLC and EBSCO, global leaders in providing access to electronic journals and reference databases, will ensure that libraries that use both WorldCat Local and EBSCOhost services are able to provide their authenticated patrons seamless online access to the full-text information they want—whether it is discovered through WorldCat Local, or through the EBSCO Integrated Search platform.
"We are pleased to be working with OCLC to enable both organizations to enhance their user experience for their customers," said Michael Gorrell, Chief Information Officer at EBSCO Publishing. "Pulling this content together means that whether a search begins in OCLC’s WorldCat Local or EBSCOhost Integrated Search, users will have access to the resources of the entire library since catalog data will be available alongside journal information."
"This collaboration will help libraries to offer their patrons a single point of access to their entire collection of physical and digital content, whether through WorldCat Local or EBSCO’s search engine," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. "We’re very pleased to add EBSCO to the growing list of content providers who are partnering with OCLC to make their content more accessible to libraries and their patrons through WorldCat Local."
EBSCO joins a large and rapidly growing list of OCLC eContent partners that includes R.R. Bowker; H.W. Wilson; American Economic Association; American Psychological Association; American Theological Library Association; Modern Language Association; the National Library of Medicine; Harvard University; J. Paul Getty Trust; and a variety of other leading academic and learned societies. These institutions are collaborating on a global scale to ensure that library users can find and access the valuable, authoritative content in their local library, in regional libraries and through the OCLC network of WorldCat libraries worldwide. Today, there are more than 130 million library-contributed records representing 1.3 billion items in WorldCat, the world’s largest resource for finding items held in libraries.
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. Search WorldCat.org on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.
About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of nearly 300 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as Academic Search, Business Source, CINAHL, DynaMed, Literary Reference Center, MasterFILE, NoveList, SocINDEX and SPORTDiscus as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as ATLA Religion Database, EconLit, INSPEC, MEDLINE, MLA International Bibliography, The Philosopher’s Index, PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.