Friday, April 24, 2009

OCLC Announces "Quick Start" Version of the OCLC WorldCat Local Service

OCLC is making a WoldCat Local available for free to First Search customers. Currently it is an OPAC replacement, however, plans are to add circulation, ERM, and other ILS functions. One effect of this would be to have the circulation records for dozens or hundreds or thousands of libraries in a central location. What could be done with that data? Who would own it?
Libraries that subscribe to FirstSearch WorldCat will get the WorldCat Local "quick start" service as part of their subscription at no additional charge. WorldCat Local "quick start" offers libraries a locally branded catalog interface and simple search box that presents localized search results for print and electronic content along with the ability to search the entire WorldCat database and other resources via the Web.

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