A Sister Blog is Born

OCLC has launched a new blog: Next. Focused on what comes next for libraries, librarians, and the communities they serve, it will draw upon OCLC staff with a variety of experiences and perspectives. First up is Skip Prichard, OCLC CEO,  who discusses “Transforming data into impact”. This was also the topic of an OCLC program at ALA Midwinter of …

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David Bowie’s Top 100 Books

If you grew up on David Bowie’s music as I did, this has not been a good week. We lost his creative genius way too early. Social media has been awash with his music and video clips and all manner of materials honoring his unique life and creative contributions. So it seems fitting that we in …

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Library Linked Data in the Cloud

A book that a few of our colleagues have been working on for quite some time has now been released: Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description. You can also preview it on Google Books. OCLC Research has been working with linked data for years, and we have developed …

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New MARC Usage Data Available

I just finished updating my “MARC Usage in WorldCat” web site that summarizes and reports on how MARC elements have been used in the 333,518,928 MARC records in WorldCat as of 1 Jan 2015. Not surprisingly, the totals for new fields such as 336, 337, and 338 have shot up, from some 9-10 million occurrences in …

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LC and OCLC Collaborate on Linked Data

As we have said before, the Library of Congress and OCLC have been sharing information and approaches regarding library linked data. In a nutshell, we have two different use cases and strategies that we believe are compatible and complementary. Now, in a just co-published white paper, we are beginning to share more details and evidence that …

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