From your 1999-2000 OCLC Users' Council Delegates:
Arlene Luster Marcia Talley
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Nita Dean +1-614-761-5002
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TECHPRO OFFICE OPENED AT AMBASSADOR
DUBLIN, Ohio, Dec. 6, 1999--OCLC has opened an OCLC TechPro office at
Ambassador Books and Media in Hempstead, New York.
An OCLC TechPro service staff works in Hempstead to provide OCLC cataloging
on a contract basis for libraries that order books, videos or other
materials from Ambassador.
A participant in the OCLC PromptCat service, Ambassador forwards to the
TechPro office materials that do not match through PromptCat, a service that
provides libraries with bibliographic records along with materials from
vendors. TechPro also catalogs for libraries that do not use PromptCat.
Cataloging is completed according to library specifications, with fully
shelf-ready materials available from Ambassador.
"This strategic partnership offers Ambassador's library clients the ultimate
outsourcing solution for shelf-ready service of their print and nonprint
requirements--linking the world's most renowned cataloging resource with our
fulfillment service," said Gary Herald, president and CEO, Ambassador Books
"When not working on TechPro projects, the TechPro cataloger at Ambassador
upgrades nonprint media master records, including video, and adds new
original video records to WorldCat from Ambassador's extensive audio-visual
collection," said Marda Johnson, director, OCLC Collections and Technical
Services. "This benefits all OCLC libraries."
TechPro projects are assigned to the most appropriate location depending on
staff expertise, scheduling requirements and geographic proximity. Some
large projects may be processed at multiple locations. The expansion of
TechPro to additional sites outside Dublin allows more flexible and timely
scheduling of new projects.
"It is wonderful to have more options to offer libraries when scheduling
their projects, and they appreciate our increased flexibility," said Marcia
Stout, TechPro representative. "Whether a library has a backlog project, or
they need ongoing help with a particular language or format, we want to do
all we can to make their experience with TechPro a very positive one."
The OCLC PromptCat service automates copy cataloging by automatically
providing OCLC-MARC records and setting holdings for titles identified by a
library's participating material vendors.
Founded in 1973, Ambassador Book Service provides print and nonprint
materials to college, university, school, corporate, public, government and
medical libraries throughout the world. Ambassador Media, a division of
Ambassador Book Service, is devoted to the sale and distribution of
educational videotapes, audiotapes, CDs,
CD-ROMs, DVDs, laser discs and software <http://www.absbook.com/>.
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a
nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization
whose computer network and services link more than 35,000 libraries in 67
countries and territories. OCLC is dedicated to the public purposes of
furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs.
TechPro, OCLC's contract cataloging service, has provided customized
cataloging services to libraries from OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio,
In the United States, more information is available (via telephone:
+1-614-764-6000 or 1-800-848-5878; fax: +1-614-764-6096; or e-mail:
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Europe office, located in Birmingham, United Kingdom (phone: +44 121 456
4656; fax: +44 121 456 4680; or e-mail: [log in to unmask]). In Asia and the
Pacific region, contact the OCLC Asia Pacific office in Dublin, Ohio (phone:
+1-614-764-6189; fax: +1-614-764-4331; or e-mail: [log in to unmask]).
In Canada, contact the OCLC Canada office in Montreal, Quebec (phone:
+1-450-658-6583 or 1-888-658-6583; fax: +1-450-658-6231; or e-mail:
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Latin America and the Caribbean office in Dublin, Ohio (phone:
+1-614-761-5196; fax: +1-614-718-1026; or e-mail:
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More information about OCLC, its affiliated U.S. regional networks, service
centers, international divisions and distributors is available at
OCLC Users Council Coordinator
6565 Frantz Road, MC 705
Dublin, OH 43017
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