Chip Nilges: November 2010 Archives
OCLC and EBSCO Publishing just announced the beginning of a new, more comprehensive partnership. Specifically, WorldCat Local libraries that subscribe to EBSCO full-text databases will continue to be able to discover EBSCO content through the WorldCat Local interface, but now without a requirement to authenticate before searching the metadata for EBSCO databases to which they subscribe. Also, EBSCO Discovery Service libraries that catalog with OCLC and subscribe to WorldCat on FirstSearch will have the option to access WorldCat data and holdings information for their libraries, their resource sharing partners and all WorldCat holdings through the EBSCO Discovery Service.
This is an important step forward for the OCLC members cooperative, and a great example of the kinds of partnerships that I'm excited to be a part of. Since OCLC's goal is to make the world's information more available through libraries, we'll work closely with other organizations that share this objective. We'll do whatever we can to ensure interoperability between OCLC and the other products that member libraries use. And we'll offer data-level services that are increasingly "provider agnostic." The result? Partnerships--like this one with EBSCO--that add value for member libraries while saving them the time and effort it would take to create similar solutions on a case-by-case basis.
Partnerships like this are made possible at the intersection of technology and cooperation. OCLC libraries will continue to build and adopt a service architecture that enables projects like this, while also reaching out to include more groups in the "circle of value" represented by our shared interests.