News & Announcements 10/24/11

More databases and collections added to WorldCat Local

WorldCat Local now offers access to more than 865 million items. OCLC has added more databases and signed agreements with leading publishers and other providers to add more content and collections to WorldCat Local, the OCLC discovery and delivery service that offers users integrated access to more than 865 million items.

WorldCat Local offers access to books, journals and databases in a variety of formats from a variety of publishers and content providers from around the world; the digital collections of groups like HathiTrust, OAIster and Google Books; open access materials; and the collective resources of libraries worldwide through WorldCat.

WorldCat Local can offer users access to more than 1,600 databases and collections, and more than 614 million articles.

For more information, visit the WorldCat Local website.

ARL Announces 2011–2012 Board of Directors

To view a photo roster of the ARL Board of Directors, visit:

Executive Search Committee appoints librarians from OCLC member institutions, staff and other library leaders to Community Advisory Group

The Executive Search Committee of the OCLC Board of Trustees has named 13 people to a Community Advisory Group that will be involved in the search for the next President and Chief Executive Officer of OCLC to succeed Jay Jordan, who has announced his plans to retire June 30, 2012.

Members of the Community Advisory Group will provide the Executive Search Committee with counsel regarding the selection of a new President and CEO, including input to the position profile, names for consideration, potential sources of candidates, and stakeholder perspectives. The Group will also be engaged in the final stage of the interview process.

For more information, visit

Patient advocacy groups turn to open-access publishing to advance research quest

Pat Furlong founded Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) in 1995 to link families, like hers, who had been affected by muscular dystrophy with both resources and hope. Now, Furlong has blazed a new trail in the fight to end the disease. She has spearheaded a partnership between PPMD and the Public Library of Science (PLoS) to launch an open-access publication, PLoS Currents: Muscular Dystrophy, this month. The story of the partnership is told in a new article released today by the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.

The full article is available online from the Alliance for Taxpayer Access at

University of California Press in E-Book Partnership with Oxford

Last week we reported that a number of university presses were joining Oxford University Press in launching a major new online platform for cross-university press monograph content.   We’ve just learned that you can add the University of California Press to the list.  They are joining “with Oxford University Press to launch California Scholarship Online/CALSO on the University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform.”  Pointing out that “it is critical for libraries to broaden patron access to online scholarly books,” Alison Mudditt, Director of University of California Press notes that “we are delighted to partner with Oxford in the UPSO initiative, building on their extensive experience in the scholarly digital environment.”


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