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ProQuest and OCLC Automate WorldCat Updates
OCLC and ProQuest are collaborating on an automation process for updating holdings from ebrary and EBL (Ebook Library) and offering current links in the WorldCat database and in library catalogs.
When librarians opt in to the automation process, ebrary and EBL provide OCLC with holdings data for their purchased collections and demand-driven acquisition (DDA) repositories. OCLC loads the data into WorldCat’s knowledgebase of worldwide econtent so libraries can access the data along with linking features. Holdings are automatically updated as needed; librarians do not need to do any manual maintenance.
“OCLC is working with partners like ProQuest to automate as many steps as possible in the supply chain to help reduce the burden on librarians to keep e-resource information current,” according to Chip Nilges, OCLC’s VP of business development. “This automated process is designed to remove the difficult and time-consuming task of cataloging and maintaining holdings information to keep records of e-book collections and links up to date.”
OCLC and ProQuest previously partnered to support a DDA model for ebrary and EBL ebooks so libraries can make ebooks discoverable to their patrons before purchasing them.
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