Library Staff Featured for Technology Implementation


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University of Delaware Library WorldCat Local Implementation Team: (left to right) Gregg Silvis, Assistant Director, Library Computing Systems;   Meghan Matwichuk, Associate Librarian, Instructional Media Collection Department;  E. Ewell Echols, Assistant Librarian, Special Collections Department; Nancy Nelson, Head, Access Services Department; and Thomas Melvin, Librarian, Reference Department.  Not pictured:  Deborah Rae, Head, Bibliographic Control Department and Harry Guo, Campus Information Technology Associate III, Library Systems Support Department.

    University of Delaware Library staff members were featured in an article in the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) 2008/2009 Annual Report for the implementation of the new global service called WorldCat Local.  The University of Delaware Library was the first production site to implement WorldCat Local in August 2008. WorldCat Local is a global network of library-management and user-facing services built upon cooperatively-maintained databases of bibliographic and institutional metadata. WorldCatLocal is available at [udel.worldcat.org/] and allows library users to search libraries around the world for resources. WorldCat Local also includes a feature to search by location to find the nearest library which offers the desired resource.

    Gregg Silvis, Assistant Director for Library Computing Systems at the University of Delaware Library, initially suggested the WorldCat Local concept to OCLC which was subsequently implemented.

    OCLC [www.oclc.org/us/en/default.htm] is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information.  Almost 27,000 libraries, archives and museums in 86 countries are members of OCLC.  The shared cataloging service is among the busiest in the world, enabling libraries each year to catalog more than 173 million items.

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