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When OCLC launched its eSerials project in July 2006, Serials Solutions was the first U.S. company ready to offer this service to its customers. The cooperation between OCLC and Serials Solutions offers libraries an efficient way to contribute electronic serials holdings to WorldCat and ensure that these holdings are current, accurate and visible.
Today more than 80 Serials Solutions customers participate in the new program, representing about 80% of the total number of OCLC subscribers.
Using a file created by Serials Solutions, OCLC sets holdings for the electronic journal subscriptions of libraries. This information appears in WorldCat, OCLC’s online union catalog recently made available to the public at WorldCat.org. Electronic serials holdings information is updated monthly using library-specific information provided to OCLC by Serials Solutions.
Serials Solutions co-founder Peter McCracken agreed to participate in OCLC’s pilot test of the service last year because he recognized the advantages to interlibrary loan departments and resource-sharing initiatives of having holdings information visible in WorldCat applications, such as OCLC FirstSearch and WorldCat Resource Sharing services.
There is no charge for Serials Solutions customers and OCLC members to participate in the program. It makes the library’s serials collection more visible to patrons and increases the usage of electronic resources. In addition, the service facilitates the library’s ability to control interlibrary loan requests among members of the OCLC cooperatives.
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing and preservation service to more than 55,000 libraries in 110 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.oclc.org
About Serials Solutions
Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest Information and Learning, is the industry-leader providing complete e-resource access and management solutions to over 1700 libraries worldwide. Founded by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions helps librarians and patrons find and use electronic content through its Access & Management Suite™ (AMS), Full MARC Records™ service for e-journals, Article Linker™ - Serials Solutions’ comprehensive OpenURL link resolver, Central Search™ - a powerful federated search engine, and ERMS™ - a lifecycle manager for electronic subscriptions.
About ProQuest Information and Learning
ProQuest Information and Learning, a division of ProQuest Company, is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing information worldwide for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. Known widely for its strength in business and economics, general reference, genealogy, humanities, social sciences, and STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 9,000 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest® Web-based online information system, Chadwyck-Healey™ electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary®, SIRS® and Serials Solutions resource management resources. ProQuestSmart® Search was named "Best Specialist Search Product" by the International Information Industry Awards in late 2005. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visit www.il.proquest.com.