Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Varying Content Commitments from Vendors for Yahoo! Search Subscriptions

"Over the next few months, a series of pilot projects will expand OCLC’s Open WorldCat project into a full-featured, Web-integrated library service. In December 2004, OCLC (http://www.oclc.org) opened WorldCat, its master union catalog of library holdings, to Google, Yahoo! Search, and other outlets. Initially, the material accessible to the Web search engines was books and monographs. With the new eSerials pilot project, OCLC will begin expanding content to electronic journal collections. The reference services pilot will link Web searchers to reference librarians—sometimes live ones—through an “Ask a Librarian” feature. The bookselling pilot connects Open WorldCat searchers directly with book purchasing options made by OCLC with Baker and Taylor. Member libraries will receive shares of the sales to their patrons. In August, OCLC begins charging member libraries for participating in Open WorldCat through FirstSearch subscriptions. It looks like the libraries, their patrons, and Web users everywhere should be getting their money’s worth."