OCLC at a GlanceFurthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs are the goals of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated. OCLC is a nonprofit computer service and research organization whose network and services link more than 30,000 libraries in 65 countries and territories. OCLC services help libraries locate, acquire, catalog, access, and lend library materials.
Access to the World's InformationOCLC, the world's largest library information network, offers services that help libraries further access to information and reduce information costs:
WorldCatWorldCat is a merged electronic catalog of libraries around the world. WorldCat offers libraries and their users resources that no single library could provide:
Libraries in North America join OCLC through their OCLC-affiliated Regional Networks. Libraries outside North America receive OCLC services through OCLC Asia Pacific Services, OCLC Europe, OCLC Latin America and the Caribbean, or via international distributors.
OCLC Service Areas
OCLC Reference ServicesOCLC FirstSearch. Offers end users more than 70 databases to search, including WorldCat and the OCLC NetFirst® database--bibliographic citations of Internet-accessible resources. FirstSearch also offers library holdings information, a link to OCLC's interlibrary loan, a variety of online full-text and document delivery options, and a choice of pricing structures. Libraries can offer their users access to FirstSearch from the library, home, office, or school. FirstSearch is accessible from the World Wide Web (www.ref.oclc.org:2000/); in Europe, www.ref.oclc.org/europe/.
OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online. Provides remote access to large collections of journals through the Web. Benefits include:
Cost benefits of remote access to data with the advantages of local collection management
Value-added features, including print-quality article representation, usage statistics, technology migration, and technical and product support. For more information, see <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/publish.htm>
OCLC SiteSearch Database Builder software—A complete set of software tools for building and maintaining information resources locally
OCLC SiteSearch Imaging Support Package—A software package to help libraries create electronic image collections
OCLC Collections and Technical Services
OCLC SelectionTM service. Streamlines your acquisitions process by further automating selection and ordering procedures.
OCLC PromptCat®service. Provides automated copy cataloging with minimal staff intervention. Works with materials supplied by participating vendors.
OCLC TechPro® service. Customized contract cataloging service helps libraries eliminate cataloging backlogs and keep current cataloging up-to-date.
OCLC CatCDTM for Windows system. Windows-based CD-ROM cataloging in an offline, stand-alone environment. Contains bibliographic subsets of WorldCat and the complete Library of Congress Authority collection.
OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer® for Windows software. Increases your cataloging productivity and reduces costs by combining batch online searching and processing with offline editing. Provides interactive and batch access so you do all your cataloging within one user-friendly, Windows-based interface. CatME for Windows allows you to access both WorldCat and the OCLC Authority File. CatME for Windows is available at no extra charge on the OCLC Access Suite™ compact disc.
OCLC Authority Control service.State-of-the art software that lets you efficiently and affordably correct or modernize name, series, and subject headings in your library's catalog.
OCLC CJKTM software. Offers online access and cataloging of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) materials with CJK characters. Receive access to WorldCat and cost-effective shared cataloging via various access options. A Microsoft Windows application that is compatible with OCLC Cataloging, OCLC CJK is available at no extra charge on the OCLC Access Suite compact disc.
OCLC AsiaLinkTM service. Collection development and acquisitions service for CJK and Vietnamese materials.
OCLC Conversion Services. Offers online and microcomputer-based retrospective conversion services to help libraries convert older cataloging records to machine-readable form.
OCLC Resource Sharing Services
Group databases. Geographic or topical databases for library groups, created and maintained by OCLC to help libraries multiply their resources and improve user services.
OCLC Union List service. Provides up-to-date holdings information for serials owned by union listing libraries. Information is accessible through OCLC Union List and OCLC ILL.
OCLC ILL Fee Management service.Lets OCLC ILL users pay and be paid for ILL requests in a single transaction through monthly OCLC bills.
OCLC ILL Custom Holdings. Lets you customize locations records by defining one or more sets of lending partners that will serve as online filters.
OCLC ILL Custom Holdings for Union List. Enables you to customize your union list displays to view holdings of preferred lenders.
OCLC ILL Micro Enhancer® for Windows software. Automates routine borrowing and lending tasks online. Allows automatic logon, downloading, printing of all ILL requests, batch uploading of responses, and ILL number barcode printing and scanning. Available at no extra charge on the OCLC Access Suite compact disc.
OCLC Name-Address Directory. Online file of name, address, communication, and lending policy information for libraries, vendors, publishers, and others in the information industry.
OCLC Access Services
OCLC Access Suite™ Software. Offers a mix of software on one CD-ROM for online use of OCLC access, cataloging, and resource sharing services. Includes Passport for Windows, OCLC CJK, Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows, ILL Micro Enhancer for Windows, and the OCLC Cataloging Label Program. OCLC members can receive a site license for the software at no extra charge. The latest versions of the software can be downloaded from the Web at: <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/menu/suite>.
OCLC Passport for Windows software. Provides tools to get maximum efficiency from both OCLC online systems and other terminal emulation-based systems. Available at no extra charge on the OCLC Access Suite compact disc.
Workstations. Microcomputer hardware for all OCLC applications.
ResearchThe mission of the OCLC Office of Research is to expand knowledge toward OCLC's commitment to improve access to the world's information resources. The Office of Research pursues this mission through research activities such as experimentation, prototype construction, and research collaborations.
OCLC Forest Press® DivisionA division of OCLC, Forest Press publishes the Dewey Decimal Classification® system, Dewey® for Windows software, and a variety of related materials and services that help libraries cost-effectively organize their collections. The Dewey Web site offers additional information.
Preservation Resources DivisionA division of OCLC, Preservation Resources provides a full range of services to meet the diverse preservation needs of libraries, archives, and other institutions. Services include consultation, workshops, and training; pre-filming preparation services; high-quality microfilming; film duplicating; polysulfiding treatment; bibliographic control; storage and distribution services; and digital scanning of microfilm and indexing. Please contact Preservation Resources at 1-800-773-7222 to request product literature. See the Preservation Resources Web site for more information.
OCLC InternationalOCLC provides products and services to libraries in 64 countries and territories with most activities occurring in Europe and Asia. The OCLC system operates 24 hours daily, except on Thursday (23 hours) and Sunday (14 hours). OCLC FirstSearch is available 24 hours pre day, Monday through Saturday, and 20 hours on Sundays (with four hours, 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time, for scheduled maintenance).
OCLC EuropeOCLC Europe, based in Birmingham, England, serves libraries in 30 countries directly and in association with 15 distributors.
OCLC has converted 7 million titles for European libraries in the last decade. Important projects include those for Oxford University; University of Heidelberg; Université Libre de Bruxelles; The Guildhall Library, London; and the Ministry of Education, France.
European reference databases and document suppliers available on OCLC Reference Services include the British Library, the OCLC PapersFirst® and OCLC ProceedingsFirst® databases, INSPEC, and Book Data.
OCLC is loading records for European Union documents in the OCLC Cataloging EUR-OP Resource File.
European libraries contribute significantly to the enrichment of WorldCat with projects such as: loading the databases of the UK Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL) with 3 million titles and holdings in 1993-94; loading the British National Bibliography (UKMARC) file from 1950 to date with more than 400,000 records; and loading the Czech National Bibliography.
OCLC Asia PacificOCLC Asia Pacific Services, based in Dublin, Ohio, USA, provides services to over 600 libraries in Asia and the Pacific region.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong has completed the CJK RetroCon project (October 1997) and added 79,717 CJK records to WorldCat
Tsinghua University in Beijing has established an OCLC Service Center to extend FirstSearch and other OCLC services to libraries and information centers in China.
Four national libraries in Asia and the Pacific region have established online access to OCLC: the National Library of Australia, the National Library of New Zealand, the National Library of Singapore, and the National Central Library (Taiwan).
OCLC and the National Library of China have cooperatively created 32,000 bibliographic records of "The National Bibliography of the Republican Era, 1911-1949" in WorldCat. The project was funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Hundreds of libraries in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand use OCLC CatCD for Windows, a CD-ROM-based cataloging system.
OCLC has loaded nearly 300,000 Japanese records from Waseda University into WorldCat.
OCLC Latin America and the CaribbeanOCLC Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Dublin, Ohio, USA, has served Mexico and all countries in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America since January 1995.
An increasing number of libraries in Brazil are using OCLC CatCD for Windows to aid the cataloging process.
An increasing number of universities in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay use FirstSearch to meet the information needs of faculty, researchers, and students.
OCLC RetroCon® services are converting over 600,000 bibliographic records to OCLC-MARC format for the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Centro de Información Científica y Humanística of the National Autonomous University of Mexico is using OCLC SiteSearch to locally mount Elsevier journals.
National Coordinated Cataloging Operations (NACO). OCLC Authorities supports the online cooperative contribution of new and changed authority records to the Library of Congress by the NACO libraries.
OCLC Library School Program. Helps library schools provide librarians with skills for today's libraries by providing OCLC products and services at either no charge or a reduced rate.
United States Newspaper Program (USNP). A national program established to catalog, preserve, and make available U.S. newspapers.
OCLC Regional Networks
Provide contracting and billing services
Disseminate information about OCLC products, systems, and services
Advise OCLC on direction and policy by electing the Users Council and advisory committees, and by working with OCLC to pursue mutual goals through RONDAC (Regional OCLC Network Directors' Advisory Committee)
Users Council. Includes delegates from Regional Networks and service centers whose use of OCLC services and contributions to the OCLC database qualify them for Users Council membership. Delegates represent the interests of OCLC General Members and ratify amendments to the OCLC Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations.
OCLC Advisory GroupsOCLC users can express their views through:
Advisory Committee on College and University Libraries
Advisory Committee on Public Libraries
Advisory Committee on Special Libraries
Collections and Technical Services Advisory Committee
Reference Products and Services Advisory Committee
Research Advisory Committee
Research Libraries Advisory Committee
Resource Sharing Advisory Committee
Law Libraries User Group
Music OCLC Users Group
OCLC CJK Users Group
Online Audiovisual Catalogers
School Libraries User Group
Serial Online Union Listers
Society of American Archivists/OCLC Users Roundtable
Theological User Group