Libraries in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and Spain working with OCLC to test new record management functionality

OCLC is working with libraries on three continents to beta test OCLC WorldShare Metadata Record Manager, which offers new record management functionality that enhances a library’s ability to catalog its collections, including electronic, digital and physical materials. OCLC began working with a group of academic, public and special libraries in the United States early this year to test Record Manager functionality. Libraries in the U.K., Australia and Spain recently joined the pilot. Cataloging librarians at the participating libraries are using Record Manager to create new WorldCat records, enrich existing records, maintain WorldCat holdings data and customize local bibliographic data. This brings with it flexibility and improvements to the way libraries describe and profile the unique resources that they hold.

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Seniors as Web users

The latest usability research from the Nielsen Norman Group:

  • The number of seniors using the Internet is growing at a 16 percent annual rate, compared to 3 percent per year for users aged 30–49.
  • Seniors are much more likely to turn to search engines. These sites are familiar and welcoming ground, and seniors use them 51 percent more than the younger users to complete tasks.
  • Seniors have gotten more skilled over the past decade at using the Web. Although we don’t see much progress over time in the mainstream audience’s Web skills, seniors are a different matter.
  • Sites that target seniors should use at least 12-point fonts as the default. And all sites, whether they specifically target seniors, should let users increase text size as desired—especially if the site’s default is a small font size.
  • Use large text for links to ensure readability and to make them more prominent targets for clicking.

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OCLC and partners make your summer reading program more social

OCLC is collaborating with a number of WorldCat partners—including DOGObooks and Goodreads—to give librarians a free, easy way to enhance their planned summer reading programs with an online social component.

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EVENTS

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Get your Geek the Library questions answered

 
 
Geek the Library Q&A webinar
11 June 2013 | 2–2:30 p.m. (EST)
The Geek the Library community awareness campaign helped the staff at Delaware County District Library in Ohio start important local conversations about the value of the library. Get the scoop during a live question and answer session featuring Communications Manager Shea Alltmont.

MEMBERSHIP

OCLC member libraries around the world:

Leopold-Sophien-Bibliothek Überlingen
Überlingen, Germany
OCLC symbol: DEKUE

Edith Cowan University
Joondalup, Australia
OCLC symbol: ATWDU

Garwood Elementary
Rathdrum, Idaho, USA
OCLC symbol: IDGAR

Rotorua District Library
Rotorua, New Zealand
OCLC symbol: NZWBF

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Membership values

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WORLDCAT UPDATE

Number of records

298,984,423


Number of holdings

2,013,743,288

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

 
 
 

WorldCat is the world’s most comprehensive database of library materials. Updated at a rate of nearly one new record every second, WorldCat contains bibliographic records and holdings contributed by more than 11,000 libraries around the world. Learn more »

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 »