WorldCat Local

Longshots #201: Bringing the WorldCat to Your Door

December 29, 2009

This week, Sarah talks with Laurie Bartolini and Pat Boze about OCLC's WorldCat Local pilot project. The two explain how the project got started, and describe the improvements it offers over traditional library catalogs, such as search results at the library, regional, and national levels, sorted by relevance; complementary interactivity with a library's local catalog; and social networking content. They also explain what's next for WorldCat Local as the three-year LSTA grant that funded it comes to an end, and how libraries can get involved.

WorldCat Local: a Statewide approach to discovery and delivery of library resources

Lincoln Trail Libraries System has been facilitating a multi-year, collaborative project between Illinois Library Systems, CARLI I-Share, the Illinois State Library, twenty multitype libraries, and OCLC  to test the viability of using WorldCat Local as a Statewide OPAC

WorldCat Local Search Box

Using the platform, WorldCat Local extends discovery to local resources by providing libraries with a locally branded interface and real-time online shelf status of local and consortial holdings.  In addition, the WorldCat Local pilot is testing new functionality that will allow seamless access to locally maintained services such as circulation, resource sharing, resolution to full text, and access to locally created databases.

WorldCat Local offers a single search box, relevancy ranking of search results, result sets that bring multiple versions of a work together under one record, faceted browse capability, citation formatting options, cover art and additional evaluative content. 

For those participating libraries that do not have an open URL resolver in place, WorldCat Link Manager is being provided to allow users to link directly to the full text of articles to which their library subscribes.  To provide patrons remote access to both electronic resources and WorldCat Resource Sharing, OCLC’s EZProxy is being offered to those libraries that do not currently have a proxy server in place.

With the assistance of Greg Youngen, UIUC’s College of Veterinary Medicine Librarian, the project team has been conducting focus groups and end-user testing to evaluate the effectiveness and usability of WCL.  Libraries will continue to test WCL through September 30, 2009.

Nine of the WCL pilot participants are also testing WorldCat Direct, a home delivery service that allows patrons to request books and other materials through WorldCat Resource Sharing and, if available from the program’s supplier, have those materials be mailed directly to their home.  This portion of the pilot will be completed by June 30, 2009. 

Project Contact

Pat Boze
Project Coordinator
Lincoln Trail Libraries System

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