For many academic libraries, supporting the need for a complete discovery experience has become a two-way street. On the one hand, faculty and students need access to the best, most authoritative content available. On the other, libraries are often tasked with providing access and support for special collections with wide-ranging appeal. The visibility of these unique materials is a major asset for universities seeking to attract students, grants and favorable publicity.
For High Point University Libraries, the move to WorldShare Management Services (WMS) and WorldCat Local answered both needs.
"The move to OCLC brought so much content to our library," says Library Director David Bryden. "Where before you’d have to go to five or six different search engines to find content—especially historical content—now with WorldCat Local you’re getting OAIster, HathiTrust materials and all that digital content that’s out there in archives. It’s been just a wonderful, wonderful addition to the library as far as content’s concerned."
In terms of driving attention back to local collections, David is equally pleased. "Other libraries can see the content we have, and so now they're doing interlibrary loans with us. We were a net borrower for the previous two years, because we're a growing campus. Now we're a net lender."
Information seekers across the Web can now find High Point materials through the additional visibility the materials receive as part of the university's WorldCat Discovery subscription. OCLC syndication programs surface eligible WorldCat library materials through more than 300 partner sites such as GoogleScholar, EasyBib, Mendeley, Blackboard Mosaic and more.
Says David, "Now everyone out in the world can see our electronic content. And that's been a really great change."
*Note: OCLC is combining the features of WorldCat Local and FirstSearch into the new WorldCat Discovery service. WorldCat Local and WMS subscriptions include access to WorldCat Discovery and all optional features.