Thursday, March 3rd, 11:00am

New Collection Development and Resource Sharing Strategies for Music in a Post-FirstSearch-and-WorldCat Selection World

Fundamental and perhaps seismic changes that could significantly impact music collection development and resource sharing in many libraries are coming to WorldCat during 2016. Per-search access to WorldCat via FirstSearch ended on December 31, 2015. In late 2016, WorldCat Discovery Services will replace the FirstSearch interface to OCLC’s WorldCat database for customers with unlimited access, and the WorldCat Selection Service, introduced by OCLC in 2006 to help libraries streamline collection development workflows, will be retired in May. This panel session will provide an important forum for discussing initial responses to the transformed WorldCat by focusing on three topics of broad practical interest to music librarians:

  1. Revamped approaches for adapting established collection development routines in FirstSearch to the new WorldCat Discovery interface and delivery system, including navigation tactics, revised functionalities, and workarounds—that is, "tips and tricks" for gaining control of the new WorldCat environment
  2. Working with both proprietary and non-proprietary services when the WorldCat Selection aggregator tool is no longer available
  3. The broad impact the new WorldCat Discovery Services will have on the collaborative process of collection development and resource sharing, particularly the effectiveness of the new search tools for enabling library users to locate resources not held by their respective libraries. Also under scrutiny will be the continued ability for librarians to make informed collection development choices based on the identifiable holdings of other libraries.

Background: For more than two decades, WorldCat accessed via FirstSearch has served as a fundamental tool and resource for music collection development and resource sharing. The interface allowed for nuanced format, publisher, and subject searching, transparent presentation of holdings across libraries to inform selection, and straightforward paths for conveying records to acquisitions staff. WorldCat Discovery Services presents a different and untested tool for locating and collecting resources that will affect long-established workflows for acquiring music materials. Although less commonly utilized, WorldCat Selection was adopted early on by several North American libraries, including Cornell and Princeton. By aggregating data from multiple national and international vendors, it became a useful tool for selecting books in all disciplines and music scores. Its impending demise has fast-tracked library initiatives to develop alternatives to mitigate the impact on collection development workflows. Several options—from a non-proprietary solution to using vendors’ resident tools – currently are under discussion. Finally, in 2015, the boards of MLA and MOUG appointed a joint task force to examine the impact that the replacement of the FirstSearch WorldCat interface with WorldCat Discovery Services will have on music library services, processes, and collaboration—among the most important will be the effects on established practices of music collection development and resource sharing. This session will provide one of the first opportunities to report on specific aspects of the task force’s work to the music library community.

  • Speakers
    • Darwin F. Scott, Princeton University
    • Bonna J. Boettcher, Cornell University
    • Michael J. Duffy, Western Michigan University

OCLC Worldshare Management System from a Music Librarian's Perspective

The Music Library at the University of Louisville recently transitioned to the OCLC Worldshare Management System (WMS), which now serves as the library’s online system for acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, interlibrary loan, and reporting. This presentation will include a discussion on the process of moving the library’s bibliographic and circulation data from Voyager to WMS, with a particular focus on changes in workflow required for music library acquisitions and cataloging. The goal of this presentation is for attendees to gain a better understanding of the functionality of WMS as a 100% cloud-based system, the abandonment of the notion of local catalog records, the positives and negatives of Worldcat Discovery- the public interface of the system, how library workflows must evolve when transitioning to the system, and how we and others are participating in initiatives to improve the product. Included in this presentation will be a live demonstration of the system which will include the cataloging of music materials.

  • Speakers
    • James Procell, University of Louisville
    • Matt Ertz, University of Louisville
  • Location
    • Rookwood
  • Live Streaming?
    • No

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