Birmingham, UK, 16 March 2009 – OCLC has expanded its offer to FirstSearch subscribers (to its base package) to include the OAIster, CAMIO and ArchiveGrid databases at no additional charge. CONTENTdm Quick Start, an entry-level, hosted version of the digital collection management software will also be included at no additional charge from 1st May 2009.
The announcement of these additions to the FirstSearch Base Package coincides with news that FirstSearch, NetLibrary, OCLC’s eBook and eAudiobook service, CAMIO and ArchiveGrid digital collections will be discoverable through the WorldCat.org platform later this year. A demonstration of the WorldCat.org platform with links to licensed content will be featured at the forthcoming JISC Conference in Edinburgh and UKSG Conference in Torquay.
Brian Cannan, OCLC’s product manager for licensed content said "The delivery of eContent access through the WorldCat.org interface will simplify information retrieval for users by bringing together relevant content irrespective of format into a single result set. This development will deliver on the promise that we not only help users find what’s in their library, but then help them get to it, in as few stages as possible."
OCLC has announced several agreements in recent months with the British Library, the Modern Language Association (MLA) and H. W. Wilson, and expect to make further announcements imminently. These organisations have allowed OCLC to index their article-level metadata in WorldCat.org to make it discoverable by users aligned to a library that maintains subscriptions to their databases.
The model ensures that libraries still license databases directly from database publishers, hosts or aggregators but increases the exposure of that content to a wider audience via WorldCat.org.
OCLC will be on stand 13 at the JISC Conference and stand 5 at UKSG and invite libraries and publishers to view the demonstrator of WorldCat.org with licensed content.