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Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 10:03:21 -0500 (EST)
From: Patricia H Shoyinka <[log in to unmask]>
To: "Erik C. Delfino" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: OCLC User's Council Report (fwd)
Does anyone have a a complete and updated list of which federal libraries
have closed and which have been contracted out?
I am appalled at the numbers here listed. Also, I assume the number of
closed libraries is incomplete if you count only those using OCLC (I do
not have access).
IRS District Library
PO Box 9112
Boston MA 02203
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On Mon, 10 Feb 1997, Erik C. Delfino wrote:
> Here is the report from the most recent OCLC User's Council
> meeting. The FEDLINK representatives are:
> Lee Hadden, US Geological Survey Library ([log in to unmask]);
> Marcia Talley, Nimitz Library, US Naval Academy ([log in to unmask]
> mil); Bernard Strong, National Defense University ([log in to unmask]).
> The first item of business is that FEDLINK is losing one member
> from the User's Council. Because of declining participation in OCLC,
> FEDLINK is losing one representative, and another library consortia,
> WILS, is gaining one. Next year there will be two FEDLINK
> representatives, instead of three. The number of Federal libraries
> have declined from ~510 member libraries to ~479, due to recent
> library closings and the contracting out
> of library services. Participation to the Online Union Catalog (OLUC)
> by Federal libraries has declined as well. Thus, the impact and
> presence of Federal libraries on the policy making User's Council
> will be diminished next year.
> Other news from OCLC:
> Since 1989, OCLC has extended $26 million in credits for original
> cataloging and member contributions to the Online Union Catalog.
> PromptCat is now shelf ready. The Cataloging Micro-Enhancer (CAT
> ME) for Windows is now ready.
> The enrichment of the WorldCat has continued, with the addition of
> the 36th million bibliographic record entered from Cornell
> 6,000 libraries in 47 countries are using First Search and other
> reference services. This now ranks behind only cataloging in
> OCLC usage. First Search has risen from NO place five years ago to
> _FIRST PLACE_ as the most used electronic resource. First Search with
> 33% of the market has moved to first place in electronic
> reference, passing Lexus/Nexus (2nd place), Westlaw (3rd place)
> and Dialog (4th place) in library usage. There are now over 200,000
> searches a day in First Search.
> Tsinghua University, China, has become another First Search user.
> Databases added include Chem Abstracts, Student Edition; AIDS and
> Cancer research. The basic package has expanded to 13 files, and full
> text reference materials have increased with the World Almanac, World
> Book, New York Times, Book of Facts and Wilson Peopleline.
> The First Search homepage should be ready in Febrary, 1997 at:
> Interlibrary loans
> 78.8 million interlibrary loan transactions has been reached.
> This also shows an increase of 10.6% in interlibrary loan
> transactions during the past year. This is one of the most cost
> effective aspects of OCLC, since the exchange of information reduces
> costs among all libraries.
> The Interlibrary Loan Micro-enhancer (ILL ME) for Windows is now
> The Interlibrary Loan Fee Management (IFM) program is
> growing, with 850 libraries participating, generating $2.2 million
> in transactions. Although figures are not available, many
> member libraries have reduced prices for IFM transactions,
> due to reduced costs in collecting fees.
> International usage of OCLC products is increasing. Fastest
> growth is in the Asia-Pacific area. There are over 300 new
> international users added in 1996 and 1997. A cataloging test
> for Swiss and Italian libraries are
> underway, as is usage of Unimarc. OCLC now has 24 hour access for
> international libraries.
> Future pricing will hold the line on real price increases. OCLC
> remains commited to holding prices at or below inflation rates. OCLC
> has cut costs, and now has fewer people on the staff in 1997 than
> in 1989. Meanwhile, employee costs are rising. Depreciation
> schedules are shrinking from a 3 year schedule
> for computer equipment to one measured only in months. OCLC will try
> to hold any price increases to 3.5%, the estimated inflation rate.
> OCLC has been holding the line in price increases since 1989, with
> little or no increases during this period.
> Computer News
> In 1996, OCLC has paid $1.6 million in subsidies to trade in 3,000
> older workstations. There are still too many older workstations (286s
> and below) in the system, which slows the system down. Members need
> to remove the over 2,000 computers on the system that are too old and
> klunky to use the system effectively. There remains almost
> 900 M300 computer workstations still using OCLC. The M300 was
> first introduced in 1985.
> Access to OCLC continues to be an area of advancement, with OCLC
> striving for a secure and effective method of access. As such, OCLC
> has entered into a partnership with Sprint to provide a secure method
> of access that will avoid the common Internet problems of brownouts
> and overload. For this system to work, more modern equipment is
> needed by the members, and older equipment and software will not be
> supported in the future.
> DOS is dead, and DOS programs will not be supported by OCLC after
> January 1, 1998. Windows 3.1 software and products support will be
> discontinued at a later date.
> OCLC Institute
> As part of the strategic plan, OCLC will develop an institute for
> the training and education of library managers. As a senior policy
> institute, OCLC will bring together library directors and other
> people concerned with the library world in a mutually beneficial
> educational setting.
> OCLC Strategic Plan
> OCLC is developing a strategic Plan for the next five years,
> concentrating on the "Four I's Goals": Integrate, Innovate,
> Internationalize and Inform. The first goal is to integrate and
> enhance all the core services. The second goal is to innovate by
> providing new, cost effective alternatives. The third goal is to
> internationalize by increasing global expansion and global
> perspective. The fourth goal is to inform by adding a training and
> educational service, the OCLC Institute.
> r. lee hadden
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