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Re: [InetBib] RLG to combine with OCLC / The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools (Library of Congress)

Falls not nicht bekannt, eine Critique von Calhourn's Report wurde von
Thomas Mann geschrieben.  Der Report ist zugaenglich in PDF:


Regina Bendig, MLS, M.A.
Reference Librarian
H.G. Thode Library of Science & Engineering
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4P5
Tel: 905-525-9140, ext. 28659
Fax: 905-777-1110

On Mon, 08 May 2006 11:25:30 +0200
 delin@xxxxxx (Delin, Peter) wrote:
Eine Nachricht aus AMIA-L: RLG und OCLC gehen zusammen. Und wo wir
schon bei neuen Entwicklungen im Bereich der Online-Kataloge sind:
Auch der Calhoun-Report ist interessant, falls hier noch nicht
gepostet (?) (Hinweis stammt von unserem amerikanischen
Reference-Kollegen hier in der ZLB)

Peter Delin/Videolektorat
Zentral- und Landesbilbiothek Berlin

- Library Catalogs
Source: Library of Congress
Just Released Report: The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its
Integration with Other Discovery Tools (PDF)
"The Library of Congress recently issued a report that challenges
assumptions about the traditional library catalog and proposes new
directions for the research library catalog in the digital era.
Commissioned by the Library and prepared by Associate University
Librarian Karen Calhoun of Cornell University, the report assesses
the impact of the Internet on the traditional online public access
catalog and concludes that library patrons want easy-to-use catalogs
that are accessible on the Web...The report...grew out of the Library
of Congress Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the
New Millennium, held in November 2000."

- RLG to combine with OCLC
An interesting development on the cataloging and research front . . .
eventual merger of RLIN and WorldCat!

RLG to combine with OCLC

Combined programs and services to advance offerings and drive
for libraries, archives, museums and other research organizations

DUBLIN, Ohio, May 3, 2006?Two of the world?s largest membership-based
information organizations have agreed to come together.  The combined
organization will offer an integrated product and service line, and
give libraries, archives and museums new leverage in developing
standards and software that will help them support research and
knowledge online.

The RLG Board of Directors and OCLC Board of Trustees have
recommended that
the two service and research organizations be combined effective July
2006.  If approved by RLG member institutions, RLG?s online products
services will be integrated with OCLC products and services, and
program initiatives will be brought forward as a new division of OCLC
Programs and Research.

A combined organization would provide an opportunity to leverage
strengths, services and innovative research initiatives, and to
deliver more
value to a greater number of libraries, museums, archives and other
organizations around the globe.

RLG is a nonprofit organization of over 150 research libraries,
museums and other cultural memory institutions that designs and
innovative information discovery services, organizes collaborative
and takes an active role in creating and promoting relevant standards
practices.  OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit,
library service and research organization whose public purposes of
furthering access to the world?s information and reducing library
dominate its plans and activities.  OCLC provides computer-based
reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation services and
research to
54,000 libraries in 109 countries.

?The last few years have instilled in us all an urgent need to find
innovative, cost-effective and compelling ways to bring research
into the heart of the online environment and into the hands of those
who can
benefit from them,? said James Neal, Vice President for Information
and University Librarian at Columbia University, and Chair of the RLG
of Directors.  ?It is time that RLG and OCLC take united action if we
are to
realize our long-held and long-shared mutual goal of providing
to people when and where they need it.  New challenges demand new
so after deliberation and careful thought, both RLG and OCLC came to
conclusion that the best way to serve our members? interests was to

?The OCLC Board of Trustees and OCLC management believe that it is in
best interests of the library and cultural heritage community in
and the research library community in particular, for RLG and OCLC to
a united organization that leverages our respective strengths,? said
Wilson, Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington, and
OCLC Board of Trustees.  ?We must work together, so that in the years
come, the people and institutions we serve will point to our alliance
as a
signal achievement in advancing research, scholarship and education.?

RLG?s program initiatives would be continued as RLG-Programs, a new
of OCLC Programs and Research that would provide programs to support
architecture, standards development and best practices, to name a

James Michalko, who currently leads RLG, would serve as Vice
President of
RLG-Programs Development, working under the leadership of Lorcan
Vice President of Research and OCLC Chief Strategist.  RLG-Programs
remain a membership-based organization.  Its agenda would be shaped
by the
needs of its members and guided by a dedicated Program Council.

?RLG-Programs will continue RLG?s successful tradition of identifying
and building consensus among research institutions,? said Mr.
?When combined with OCLC?s research capacities and robust prototyping
capabilities, RLG-Programs will transform collaborative activity for
member institutions.  Through RLG-Programs initiatives, staff from
institutions will work together to gain and share competence in the
use of
new technologies, contribute to the development of new standards, and
collectively improve the ability of researchers to find and use the
collections that members manage on their behalf.?

RLG?s online products and services would be integrated with OCLC
offerings as appropriate.  The potential for increased services and
consolidation of costs would result in overall savings.  For example,
the RLG Union Catalog, would be integrated into WorldCat, delivering
economies of scale and reach that would benefit members of both RLG

Both organizations are committed to providing seamless, high-quality
services and service levels.  Any change in RLG service offerings
will be
announced well in advance.

Approval of the agreement requires the assent of two-thirds of voting
member institutions.  Voting will conclude in early June.
would maintain an office in Mountain View, California.  Staffing
will be made in the weeks leading up to the proposed transition.

?We know that the RLG membership shares with the OCLC membership a
conviction to deliver access to the world?s information,? said Jay
OCLC President and CEO.  ?Together, we can deliver enhanced solutions
collect, organize, preserve and provide access to information, not
just for
today, but for future generations.?

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