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OCLC CATALOGING, RESOURCE SHARING AND UNION LIST MIGRATION DATES

The dates you've all been waiting for! OCLC has consulted with
librarians as
well as its own Members Council, advisory committees and regional
service
providers, and is announcing retirement dates for its current
cataloging,
resource sharing and union list access points. Dates related to the
availability of key functionality on migration platforms are also
being
announced.

Retirement

*         May 1, 2005: OCLC retires Passport for Cataloging and
resource
sharing, ILL Web, ILL ME and ILLiad 6.x.
o        Those who use Passport for cataloging must migrate to the
Connexion
browser or client.
o        Those who use Passport for ILL, ILL Web, ILL ME or ILLiad 6.x
for
resource sharing must migrate to WorldCat Resource Sharing (presently
referred to as the FirstSearch staff view) or upgrade to OCLC ILLiad
7.0.
o        OCLC is already seeing considerable migration of users from
ILL Web
to WorldCat Resource Sharing. If this trend continues, OCLC will work
with
remaining libraries to speed up the migration process. This may result
in an
earlier retirement date for ILL Web.
*          June 2005: OCLC retires Passport union listing
functionality.
Those who use Passport for Union List activities must migrate to
Connexion
*          July 1, 2005: OCLC retires CatME, CJK and Arabic. All users
of
these access points must migrate to the Connexion browser or client.

Additional key migration dates by activity

Cataloging

*          Connexion browser is available and contains all Passport
for
cataloging functionality, except for macros and truncated lists.
Truncated
lists will be added in the near future. Macros are supported only in
Connexion client.
*          November/December 2004: Connexion client version 1.20 is
released, including NACO, authority searching enhancements, local files
and
batch processing.
*          1st quarter 2005: Connexion client version 1.30 is
released,
including truncated lists and CJK.
*          2nd quarter 2005: Connexion client version 1.40 is
released,
including Arabic.

Resource Sharing

*            December 2004:
*        Version 7.0 of ILLiad, ensuring ongoing interoperability with
OCLC
ILL, is released.
*      All libraries currently using OCLC resource sharing that do not
have
access to FirstSearch can log on to WorldCat Resource Sharing.
*          December 2004-April 2005: WorldCat Resource Sharing adds
additional high-productivity features and functionality. The improved
workflow enables users of Passport for ILL and ILL ME to migrate to
WorldCat
Resource Sharing.
*          May 1, 2005: OCLC retires Passport for ILL, ILL Web, ILL ME
and
ILLiad 6.x. All users of these access points must migrate to WorldCat
Resource Sharing or upgrade to OCLC ILLiad 7.0. OCLC is already seeing
considerable migration of users from ILL Web to WorldCat Resource
Sharing.
If this trend continues, OCLC will work with remaining libraries to
speed up
the migration process. This may result in an earlier retirement date
for ILL
Web.

Union List

*            June 2005: Connexion supports local holdings (LDR)
maintenance.
More details on Union Listing will be forthcoming.