Skip navigation

Category Archives: oclc

Unter dem Motto „Get your geek on. Support the library.“ läuft zur Zeit die (von OCLC) absolut klasse gemachte Kampagne unter

Get your geek on. Support the library.

Geek the Library is a community-based public awareness campaign designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries for individuals and communities, and raise awareness about the critical funding issues they face.

Das Wort „(to) geek“ wird hier im Sinne von „lieben“ gebraucht und taucht auf sämtlichen Campaign Postern (u.a. auch eins mit dem Gesicht von Lou Reed), Wallpapern, Berichten von Bibliothekaren und Bibliotheksnutzern, Buttons, Stickern und (bald auch selbst gestaltbaren) T-Shirts auf.

Read More »


Ein neuer OCLC-Report zu Online-Katalogen ist erschienen: „Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want“:

In 2008, OCLC conducted focus groups, administered a pop-up survey on—OCLC’s freely available end user interface on the Web—and conducted a Web-based survey of librarians worldwide.

Die Highlights des Artikels werden in den OCLC Abstracts (Vol. 12, No. 15) vorgestellt:

  • The end user’s experience of the delivery of wanted items is as important, if not more important, than his or her discovery experience.
  • End users rely on and expect enhanced content including summaries/abstracts and tables of contents.
  • An advanced search option (supporting fielded searching) and facets help end users refine searches, navigate, browse and manage large result sets.
  • Important differences exist between the catalog data quality priorities of end users and those who work in libraries.
  • Librarians and library staff, like end users, approach catalogs and catalog data purposefully. End users generally want to find and obtain needed information; librarians and library staff generally have work responsibilities to carry out. The work roles of librarians and staff influence their data quality preferences.
  • Librarians’ choice of data quality enhancements reflects their understanding of the importance of accurate, structured data in the catalog.

Ich bin gespannt auf die Lektüre des Reports…

Wie den neuesten OCLC Abstracts zu entnehmen ist, koennen angemeldete Benutzer nun im WorldCat Tags vergeben:

Ich habe eben mal ein bisschen mit der Funktion experimentiert, dabei ist folgendes rausgekommen:

[Tagging eines Titels]

[Uebersicht ueber alle Tags im persoenlichen Profil]

Die aktuelle Ausgabe der OCLC Abstracts enthaelt einen Link zu Ithakas Studie „Key stakeholders in the digital transformation in higher education“.

Ich hatte leider bisher noch keine Zeit, einen Blick in die Studie zu werfen. Aber in den Abstracts sind einige interessante Punkte zusammengefasst:

  • The library is in many ways falling off the radar screens of faculty. Although scholars report general respect for libraries and librarians, the library is increasingly disintermediated from their actual research process. Many researchers circumvent the library in doing their research, preferring to access resources directly.
  • In a networked world, scholarship increasingly occurs across disciplinary or institutional boundaries, challenging the ability of any individual node to alone support this work. Historically isolated campuses and libraries must come to think of themselves as parts of a larger whole, and develop tools and strategies for effective collaboration.
  • For a campus or its library to create a viable information strategy for a competitive environment, it must develop and maintain a thorough understanding of the needs of its important constituents. In the case of the library, both the library leadership as well as individual librarians should be reaching out to faculty members, formally and informally, to understand the nature of their teaching and research projects and how their needs are being met or could be met better.
  • Despite the growing significance of information to scientists, the role of the library is diminishing in importance fastest among this group. Libraries are providing these high-growth fields value in the acquisition of resources—for example in licensing costly journal collections—but otherwise have been relatively absent from the workflow of these high-growth fields, with an associated decline in perceived value.

In der neuesten Ausgabe der OCLC eNews wird CiteMe vorgestellt, eine neue WorldCat-Applikation für Facebook, mit der man zu einem Titel ganz einfach ein Zitat in 5 verschiedenen bibliographischen Formaten erzeugen kann. (Diese Funktion entspricht der, die man als eingeloggter User im WorldCat schon seit einiger Zeit nutzen kann.)

Ich habe die Applikationen natürlich gleich mal meinem Facebook-Profil hinzugefügt: CiteMe funktioniert einwandfrei! Nur schade, dass meine Masterarbeit schon geschrieben ist ;-)…