Here is some up-to-date news about OCLC WorldShare; the Gale Virtual Reference Library; and service ending budget cuts for the South Texas Library System.
“OCLC is launching the OCLC WorldShare Platform, which will enable library developers, partners and other organizations to create, configure and share a wide range of applications that deliver new functionality and value for libraries and their users… The first services built on this new technical infrastructure are Webscale Management Services, which have been rebranded as OCLC WorldShare Management Services, and include circulation, acquisitions and license management applications…Over time, OCLC will bring together additional OCLC services and applications under the OCLC WorldShare name, including resource sharing, consortial borrowing, metadata management and additional applications.
Today Gale announced “a totally redesigned user interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), its online ebook platform. After extensive user analysis and market feedback, the interface has been overhauled with improved navigation and organization, and a vibrant and engaging display to draw in students, researchers, professionals and general readers.”
The South Texas Library System in existence since 1972 has had “their funding eliminated as part of $15 billion in cuts in state funding in response to a massive budget shortfall… The STLS, with its network of 55 public libraries, will close its doors Dec. 31.”