ProQuest and OCLC are launching a far-reaching data exchange program that will enhance the library discovery experience for users of OCLC’s WorldCat Local service, ProQuest’s Summon service, the full-text of ProQuest Central and ebrary e-books. The program shares metadata across some of the world’s most widely used library resources, enriching the discoverability and comprehensiveness of all the services.

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2013 Mobile Future in Focus

This report examines how rapidly changing market dynamics have shaped the current U.S. and international mobile marketplaces, and what these changes mean for the coming year. Key insights include:

  • The U.S. smartphone market finally surpassed 50 percent market penetration and now enters the “late majority” stage of the technology adoption curve.
  • The improved availability of high-speed Internet access has significantly enhanced the average user’s media consumption experience, contributing to a rapid uptick in mobile media consumption.
  • Google’s Android OS, which has been adopted by multiple OEMs, and Apple’s iOS, which is carried exclusively on iPhones, have come to dominate the U.S. smartphone landscape with nearly 90 percent of the market today.
  • Apple continues to gain ground as the leading U.S. smartphone OEM, but Samsung has seen the most explosive growth in this market over the past couple of years with a year-over-year increase of more than 100 percent and a two-year increase of more than 400 percent.
  • Smartphones have surpassed 125 million U.S. consumers and tablets are now owned by more than 50 million. We have now crossed into the Brave New Digital World–a new paradigm of digital media fragmentation in which consumers are always connected.

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EVENTS

 
 

Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data

Print Management at Mega-scale
14 March 2013 | 3–4 p.m. Eastern Time

In this OCLC Research webinar, Program Officer Constance Malpas and Research Scientist Brian Lavoie will provide insight into the characteristics of a network of regionally consolidated print collections, key relationships across these collections, and their implications for system-wide issues, such as information access, mass digitization, resource sharing, and preservation of library resources.

 
 

MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?

18–19 March 2013 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Registration for viewing this event online is still open. This meeting will feature thoughtful and provocative presentations about how libraries are already getting involved with MOOCs, and engage attendees in discussions about strategic opportunities and challenges going forward. In-person registration is at capacity so we have started a waiting list.

MEMBERSHIP

OCLC member libraries around the world:

Timberlake Junior High School
Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA
OCLC symbol: IDTIM

Universidad del Valle de México, Guadalajara Norte Campus
Zapopan, México
OCLC symbol: MXUVS

Universidad del Valle de México, Santa Fe
Santa Fe, Mexico
OCLC symbol: MXUVV

Featherston Library
Featherston, New Zealand
OCLC symbol: NZFPM

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WORLDCAT UPDATE

Number of records

288,029,636


Number of holdings

1,963,115,433

Numbers are updated weekly and reflect only records contributed by libraries. Article-level metadata is not included.

 
 
 

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WorldCat.org is a Web portal to the global WorldCat catalog with a supporting program of data syndication that makes your library's collection discoverable virtually anywhere on the Web, including major search engines such as Google and Yahoo!. Learn more »