Birmingham, April 4th, 2005 - OCLC PICA announces today the name change into LinkUK of its ILL requesting and management system V3.Web. The goal of this name change is to better express the strength of the LinkUK service and to further align its identity with OCLC PICA's and its resource sharing strategy.
LinkUK will continue to be one of the most comprehensive ILL requesting and management systems, conforming to relevant standards, enabling requests to be made nationally (with compliant systems), regionally and globally.
"As a successful provider of access to resources, we are very pleased that with this new name we can underline one of our core competences", says Rein van Charldorp, Managing Director of OCLC PICA. "In combination with our ongoing resource sharing development and service strategies, we have been pursuing the growth of a strong shared identity that will accurately represent our organization and its services to our members. While the name LinkUK is new, all the service's qualities have remained."
Along with its new name, LinkUK has adopted a new service identity, including a new logo and visual identity, and a new website that is available at www.linkuk.org. All changes are effective immediately.
Database of significant and unique material
That LinkUK is about more than just the name, is proven by the database which comprises over 5 million bibliographic records with significant specialist and unique material. Its location information leads to over 40 million volumes of public and special libraries in London, the South East, the West Midlands and South Wales. With this valuable service, LinkUK is well positioned to grow into new areas of resource sharing alongside existing OCLC PICA and OCLC offerings.
"LinkUK does exactly what the new name promises, it links availability of all kinds of holdings in UK libraries with the location of the researcher. It does so quickly, reliably and effectively," says Catherine Bonser, Product Manager Professional Solutions at OCLC PICA. "With currently 78 library organisations using LinkUK to make over 120,000 requests a year, LinkUK will continue to provide our members with the ability of seamless ILL requesting and management."