DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 17 March 2010. OCLC and H.W. Wilson will work together to transition library subscriptions for H.W. Wilson databases provided on the OCLC FirstSearch service to the WilsonWeb platform over the next 16 months. Wilson will continue to index many of its databases in WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local, a program that began in 2008.
The commitment to work together follows an announcement earlier today that OCLC will transition out of the role of hosting and reselling commercially published content. OCLC will increase focus on partnering with publishers and other database providers to increase access to library-licensed content via WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local.
OCLC will continue to offer renewals and new subscriptions to Wilson databases on FirstSearch through July 31, 2010, and will ensure access to these databases through the library's current subscription period. Wilson will provide libraries that subscribe to its databases on FirstSearch with parallel subscriptions on WilsonWeb at no additional charge to give FirstSearch libraries time to easily migrate to the WilsonWeb platform.
Including Wilson databases in WorldCat Local means that libraries that subscribe to Wilson databases and use WorldCat Local will continue to be able make these databases searchable as part of their WorldCat Local service.
"Wilson databases have been part of FirstSearch since it was introduced in 1991," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "We appreciate our long partnership with Wilson and look forward to continuing this partnership by making Wilson databases searchable through WorldCat Local."
"Wilson is pleased to be able to offer WilsonWeb service to OCLC's FirstSearch Wilson database users during this transition period and beyond," said Harold Regan, President and CEO, H.W. Wilson. "We will work with libraries to ensure a smooth transition to WilsonWeb and address each library's individual setup and orientation requirements. Wilson has developed a robust WilsonWeb service, specifically tailored to the Wilson databases offering the most effective ways to search and deliver Wilson data. WilsonWeb provides full text translations, text to speech feature, a host of customizable interface options, daily data updates, and other benefits. Wilson looks forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with OCLC through our participation in WorldCat."
An OCLC FAQ about FirstSearch databases is available at FirstSearch frequently asked questions. OCLC and H.W. Wilson have plans in place to ensure continuity of service and support. An FAQ concerning Wilson databases for customer support, billing, content, and platform transition is available at www.hwwilson.com/oclc.
About H.W. Wilson
Since 1898, independent publisher H.W. Wilson has provided researchers with references produced with unmatched editorial integrity. More than 60 H.W. Wilson databases—indexes, abstracts, full text resources, plus the unique Index Retrospective Collection—meet the research needs around the globe. From the acclaimed Wilson OmniFile Full Text databases to Wilson’s Art Full Text, Education Full Text, and other resources H.W. Wilson products are created for librarians, by librarians. Wilson’s trained subject specialists build the Wilson references each day. For more information, visit www.hwwilson.com
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 112 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC Web site.