oclc online computer library center oclc president’s report 4 november 2003
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OCLC will be the leading global library cooperative helping libraries serve people by providing economical access to knowledge through innovation and collaboration.Vision
6503,0006784,10036,524450The Cooperative45,000 libraries8,878 in 83 countries outside U.S.
OCLC PICARein van CharldorpNick RawsonJanet Lees
OCLC PICA Members Council delegatesChristine Bailey University of GlasgowWim van Drimmelin Royal Library of the NetherlandsDiane Man University of the WitwatersrandNorma Read University of Cape Town
Latin America & the Caribbean
Asia PacificCataloging QuestionPoint netLibrary FirstSearch E-journals ILLiad
WorldCat53 million records888 million location listings40 million books2.4 million serials1.4 million visual materials
OCLC ResearchA Metadata Framework to Support the Preservation of Digital Objects
Olive software Historical newspaper digitization & delivery
WorldCat tomorrowgraphics, sound and motionnew contributorsUNICODElinksfull textMARC, Dublin Core, IFLA FRBR
A global cooperative
Links in the co-op
Einstein Knowledge mapphysicaldigitalaboutbymanuscriptsarticlesvideo clipse-contentarticlesbooksartdocumentariesimageswebsiteseBookssound recordings
*Good afternoon. It is a great honor for me to participate in this SABINET Users Meeting. I am grateful for this opportunity to be here with you today. In my remarks today, I want to update you on OCLCs activities and plans. I will discuss OCLCs strategic partnerships around the world, review some global information trends, and describe our evolving strategy for extending the OCLC cooperative to libraries around the world. *Let me begin my presentation with our vision statement.. On the screen is our vision of what we want to become. We want to be the leading global library cooperative, helping libraries serve people by providing economical access to knowledge through innovation and collaboration. We want the cooperative to provide libraries around the world with flexibility and choice in services and programs. Ultimately, we want to create more value for more libraries, to be more diverse, and to be more inclusive. In short, this vision is about driving change, dealing with change, enabling change.
*A look at the map shows that the OCLC cooperative now connects more than 45,000 libraries in 84 countries. There are about 8,800 libraries outside the U.S. that are participating, This is truly a global cooperative whose members are dedicated to advancing research, scholarship and education. Lets look at what cooperative accomplished last fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2003.
*In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, there are approximately 4,100 institutions participating in OCLC through OCLC PICA. The management team is led by Managing Director Rein van Charldorp. Janet Lees is Director, Sales and is based in the Birmingham, England office. Nick Rawson is Director of OCLC PICAs office in Paris and is responsible for southern Europe.We continue to work with libraries in the Middle East and Africa through OCLC PICA and distributors in the region such as SABINET in South Africa. *OCLC PICA currently sends four delegates to the 66-delegate OCLC Members Council, which meets three times a year at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio in the U.S. The Members Council provides OCLC with advice and counsel. It elects six members of the 15-member OCLC Board of Trustees. It is the voice of the OCLC Membership. The OCLC PICA delegation includes Diane Man, University of the Witwatersrand, and Norma Read, University of Cape Town. Diane is a Delegate-at-Large on the Executive Committee of the Members Council. There currently eight delegates on the Members Council from outside the U.S., with delegates from Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico and the Netherlands in addition to South Africa.
*As we saw on the map, there are some 800 libraries in the cooperative in Canada. There are offices in Chambly,Quebec, in Ottawa and in Calgary. In Winnipeg, the 23 employees at the OCLC Library Technical Services staff perform retrospective conversion projects for Canadian libraries. The Canadian Library Council, which you see in this picture, provides OCLC with advice on how to facilitate cooperation and collaboration within and outside Canada. There are some interesting projects under way in libraries. The University of Montreal is the first French-speaking institution in Canada to participate in QuestionPoint, our cooperative digital reference service. The University of Alberta is running books from Peel's definitive bibliography on the Prairie Provinces through Olive processes at OCLC's Preservation Services Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The books are displayed on the Librarys Web site and are fully searchable.
*There is growing interest and participation in the cooperative in Latin America and the Caribbean. In Chile, this past year, 368 public libraries under the Directorate of Libraries, Archives and Museums became OCLC Members. The entire 700,000-record bibliographic database of the National Library of Chile is being loaded into WorldCat. Some of you may know that the Gates Foundation is also providing funds to equip Chilean public libraries with public access to digital technology. The Clase & Periodica databases are now available on the OCLC FirstSearch service. They are databases produced by the National University of Mexico (UNAM). UNAM will also supply documents through FirstSearch.
*In Asia Pacific, this past year over 100 libraries became OCLC governing members, which means that they are doing current cataloging online and contributing information to the Cooperative. The University of Hong Kong batchloaded its entire collection into WorldCat, which included nearly 75,000 original cataloging records. 14 institutions in the region have started participating in QuestionPoint, our global reference cooperative service. Three library consortia have adopted netLibrary e-Books, and major consortia are subscribing to FirstSearch. Two major users of e-journals from OCLCs Electronic Collections Online service are the National Diet Library in Japan and the China National Publications Import and Export Corporation, which serves about 1,000 libraries in China. Let me turn now to the Cooperatives most valuable asset, WorldCat. *WorldCat is certainly one of the great examples of the power of library cooperation, and it is a model that has continued to provide value over three decades of continuous technological change. WorldCat supports international cooperation. It is the primary way that OCLC links libraries around the world for cataloging, search and discovery and resource sharing. It is an international strategic partnership that works. Most of us in this room would agree, however, that WorldCat needs to continue to change to remain vital. Later, I will talk about how we are changing WorldCat from a bibliographic database and online union catalog to a globally networked information resource of text, graphics, sound and motion. Let me turn now to trends that are driving not only changes in WorldCat, but in international partnerships. CLICK TO TRENDS: INTERNET SEARCH & ANSWER
*With the Research Libraries Group, we have formed a working group of experts and practitioners to develop recommendations and best practices for implementing preservation metadata. Its called PREMIS, or PREservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies. The group will evaluate strategies for managing preservation metadata within a digital preservation system, and for the exchange of preservation metadata between systems. There are 31 experts in this international effort that includes staff from the British Library, the Library of Congress, and the National Libraries of Australia , the Netherlands and New Zealand. OCLC Research recently issued a white paper entitled, The Incentives to Preserve Digital Materials. Authored by Research Scientist Brian Lavoie, it explores the economics of digital preservation, which we hope will advance our understanding in this area and move us forward from consensus-making activity to implementation in production environments. * Just over a year ago, with the Library of Congress, we launched QuestionPoint, a virtual reference desk collaborative service. To date, about 1,000 libraries are using QuestionPoint in 19 countries. Worldwide, QuestionPoint has logged nearly 100,000 interactions between reference librarians and patrons, including some 25,000 chat sessions. The Global Knowledge Base now contains over 3,600 question-and-answer records, With QuestionPoint, we are developing a new model for collaboration in reference services. *The second tool is Olive software, which incorporates optical character recognition and automatic XML tagging for increased searchability and image files to be viewed by users.The British Library is using Olive to digitize and provide access to The Penny Illustrated Paper, which chronicles Victorian life through 40,000 pages and 500,000 images. The University of Oxford is also using Olive to support its Forced Migration Online Digital Library, which provides instant access to a wide variety of online resources dealing with the situation of forced migrants worldwide. *Earlier, I mentioned that we are changing WorldCat from a bibliographic database and online union catalog to a globally networked information resource. We are now migrating WorldCat to a new platform, based on Oracle technology.The new WorldCat will support not only MARC, but Dublin Core and IFLAs Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. And, perhaps most important for a