OCLC Member Services Launches New Online Community for "Good Practices"
In October 2010, OCLC’s U.S.-based Member Services team kicked off a new event series, “Good Practices for Great Outcomes: Cataloging Efficiencies that Make a Difference.” These in-person meetings are designed to highlight practical approaches and ideas that increase efficiency. Each features several member librarians, who discuss workflow changes and tools like WorldCat Cataloging Partners. These member librarians also share how their approach to getting work done has changed. To date, numerous member panelists and keynote speakers have provided a significant array of ideas, tips, and advice. Member Services have now launched a new online portal for Good Practices for Great Outcomes (http://www.oclc.org/us/en/news/events/goodpractices/default.htm) that showcases video and slide presentations from previous events and provides announcements about future events. In addition to these resources, we also highlight our new blog and live Twitter feed, featuring ideas and recommendations contributed by members of the cooperative. These face-to-face meetings generate many valuable ideas and discussions, and we are excited to expand access to these resources by way of our new virtual community. We invite you to view videos from past events and to follow us on Twitter at @OCLCMemServ and join in the #goodgreatcat conversation. We hope that you take full advantage of all of these community resources, and don't forget to pass them on to your colleagues.
OCLC Expands Services for Public Libraries in Europe
OCLC has acquired the assets of German library system provider, BOND GmbH & Co. KG. BOND, based in Böhl-Iggelheim, near Mannheim, is a leading integrated system provider for public libraries in German speaking countries. The addition of BOND services will enhance and expand OCLC services for German libraries. OCLC serves the academic library community in Germany with a variety of library services including the SISIS-SunRise, CBS, and LBS solutions. Together, OCLC and BOND combine to bring more than 50 years of experience in the development of library management solutions for libraries of all types. BOND staff of 60 employees will continue to manage and serve libraries from the offices in Böhl-Iggelheim. OCLC also operates a technology and service location in Oberhaching, Germany. OCLC will continue to maintain and advance the BOND BIBLIOTHECA suite of library system solutions.
Cataloging and Metadata
Connexion Client 2.30 is Released
Connexion client version 2.30 includes enhancements to the existing functionality. Version 2.30 is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows and supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, but does not support Windows 2000. Version 2.30 uses .NET Framework 4 Extended which is supplied with the Connexion client 2.30 software. You will be required to upgrade to version 2.30 by November 1, 2011. An upgrade warning message will begin appearing when you start version 2.10 or 2.20 beginning in early September 2011. Connexion client is the Windows-based interface to Connexion. This announcement does not impact the Connexion browser, which is the Web-based interface to Connexion.
WebDewey 2.0 Installs DDC 23
The new WebDewey is easier to use than ever. WebDewey 2.0 features include: an easy-to-navigate, simple user interface that is suitable for the novice as well as the power user; BISAC-to-DDC mappings; an easy-to-personalize screen display, often done with a single click; and continuous updating. DDC 23 is the default database and you still have access to DDC 22 from the dropdown menu. You can easily see which database you are in, DDC 22 has green buttons and DDC 23 has orange buttons. DDC 23 also features:
- New provisions in 004-006 Computer science and elsewhere to reflect changes in technology.
- Updates to provisions for the Orthodox Church and Islam in 200 Religion.
- Improved provisions in 340 Law for legal systems based on civil law.
- Significant updates to 370 Education resulting in an improved international framework for levels of education, kinds of schools, policy issues, and specific subjects in primary education.
- Updated provisions for food and clothing.
- Updates to 740 Graphic arts and decorative arts.
- A new location and expanded development for cinematography and videography at 777.
- Significant expansions throughout 796 Athletic and outdoor sports and games.
- Significant expansions in Table 2, with parallel provisions in 930-990, for the ancient world, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Canada.
- Updated historical periods throughout 930-990.
Dedicated to Dewey users worldwide, DDC 23 features many new topics and significant updates to selected fields, numbers informed by interaction with the worldwide community of Dewey users, a complete overhaul to the representation of groups of people, revisions to several standard subdivisions, elimination of dual headings and unbalanced spans, and a minimal price increase. Current WebDewey subscribers can access the new system with their existing authorizations and passwords at WebDewey. The existing WebDewey interface will be available until mid-2011, at which time users will be redirected to the new service. Abridged 15 and Abridged WebDewey 2.0 will be available later in 2011.
Embrapa, Brazil's Agricultural Research Corporation, Adds Records to WorldCat
Embrapa, Brazil's Agricultural Research Corporation, has added more than 470,000 bibliographic records to the OCLC WorldCat database, the world's largest online resource for finding information in libraries. Embrapa's collection, which focuses on topics such as tropical agriculture, food safety, family agriculture, natural resources, advanced technology, and agribusiness, comprises approximately 315,000 titles in Portuguese; 125,000 in English; and 22,000 titles in Spanish. Nearly 18,000 records will link to full-text documents, most of which come from Embrapa's digital repository, the Informática Agropecuária (Ainfo). There are now more than 2 million Portuguese records in WorldCat. This is OCLC's first collaboration with Embrapa and comes as part of an ongoing effort to include more resources from Brazil in WorldCat. Prior to initiating this project with Embrapa in 2007, OCLC added more than 34,000 records to WorldCat from IBICT’s Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (BDTD) Metadata Base. OCLC has also worked in a similar capacity in recent years with Bireme, which added more than 40,000 records from SciELO Brasil, and over 300,000 records from the Latin American and Caribbean Literature on Health Sciences Database (LILACS).
Reference and Discovery
OCLC's WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local Interfaces Now Available in Portuguese
The interfaces of WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local have been translated into Portuguese for member libraries that use the services. Users of these services around the world can now self-select their language preference as Portuguese, from a total of seven languages: Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Today, WorldCat represents more than 225 million bibliographic records, more than 2 million of which reflect Portuguese-language records. Libraries, museums, and archives in Brazil and Portugal have contributed nearly 700,000 Portuguese-language records since June 30, 2010.
Spanish Consortium BUCLE Implements WorldCat Local
The Spanish consortium BUCLE (Consorcio de Bibliotecas Universitarias de Castilla y León) is the first institution in Spain to implement OCLC WorldCat Local as its new search and discovery service. WorldCat Local delivers single-search-box access to more than 800 million items in libraries’ electronic, digital and physical collections. BUCLE launched WorldCat Local as a group solution for the university libraries of Burgos, León, Salamanca, and Valladolid. With WorldCat Local, library users are not only able to access the library’s local bibliographic records but also the titles from the BUCLE group catalog and from the OCLC WorldCat database. With the integration of the WorldCat knowledge base, users have direct access to electronic resources from search results, and a “View Now” feature on brief records connects users directly to the electronic articles and open-access content that their searches retrieve. More than 100,000 library users of the BUCLE member libraries will be able to search via a single search box – which eliminates the need to consult separate resources and interfaces – both the local library and the BUCLE group, as well as in all other WorldCat libraries. Search results include multiple formats of materials, including digital objects, electronic materials, databases, journals, music, video, audio, e-books, theses and print materials. The implementation of WorldCat Local and the necessary participation in WorldCat allows the member libraries of BUCLE to increase the visibility of their collections to a global audience. As an immediate result, the interlibrary loan requests from outside the country have risen significantly. For the BUCLE universities, WorldCat Local has proved to be a powerful but easy-to-use discovery platform that allows users to do their research on a unified interface, and give them access to all available scientific materials from the university community of Castilla and León. The agreement has been facilitated by doc6 S.A. (www.doc6.es), OCLC’s representative in Spain.
WorldCat Local Offers More Content from Leading Publishers
An expanding collection of authoritative content from leading academic publishers is now accessible through WorldCat Local, the OCLC discovery service that offers users integrated access to electronic, digital and physical library materials. WorldCat Local provides access to more than 750 million items, including books, journals, and databases from international publishers; the digital collections of groups like HathiTrust, OAIster, and Google Books; open access materials; as well as the collective resources of libraries worldwide through WorldCat. OCLC continues to negotiate access to critical library content on behalf of the cooperative to ensure access to libraries’ most popular resources. To view a full list of the nearly 1,200 databases and collections available through WorldCat Local, visit http://www.oclc.org/us/en/worldcatlocal/overview/content/dblist/default.htm. Databases recently added to the WorldCat Local central index include:
- American Psychological Association: PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycCRITIQUES.
- Alternative Press Center: Alternative Press Index, Alternative Press Index Archive.
Content providers that will soon add databases to the WorldCat Local central index include Accessible Archives, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, CABI, OECD, Sabinet, and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Databases now available in WorldCat Local through remote access:
- Gale: Contemporary Authors, ¡Informe!, Making of Modern Law, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center.
- EBSCO: ATLA Religion Database ™ with ATLASerials ™ , PsycEXTRA, PsycINFO.
- H. W. Wilson: Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982, Essay & General Literature Index Retrospective.
WorldCat Local now offers vendor record sets from:
- ProQuest: ProQuest U. S. Executive Branch Documents, 1910-1932.
- ProQuest: Gerritsen Collection of Women’s History, 1543-1945 (six collections in varying formats).
- Cassidy Cataloguing: Lexis I – E-treatises.
The WorldCat Local search experience also grows richer with the ongoing addition of article-level metadata to WorldCat.org. When this metadata is added to WorldCat.org, it is automatically made part of WorldCat Local. Article-level metadata for the following resources have been added recently to WorldCat.org: ISIS Current Bibliography of the History of Science and Welcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine.
Web and Data Services
New Data Elements, New Place to Manage WorldCat Registry Information
The update, create, and share functionality for WorldCat Registry records has moved to OCLC Service Configuration. With this move, the more than 100,000 worldwide library profiles at http://www.worldcat.org/registry/Institutions/ become view-only. Authorized users can now go to OCLC Service Configuration to update or create their library's WorldCat Registry information. With this move, you can now maintain institutional information such as contact details and online catalog links in a single place—OCLC Service Configuration. The move to Service Configuration can help streamline your efforts to maintain data and supports OCLC's strategic move to a new platform-based architecture in which WorldCat Registry information and other data services can be surfaced in multiple ways. It represents one less interface you have to learn and bookmark. It also represents one less interface the cooperative needs to maintain, which saves member resources. In addition to the move, there are also new data elements available in the WorldCat Registry. These new elements help support OCLC Web-Scale Management Services and mobile-specific functionality, including: new types of addresses to designate for a shipping address versus a location address; time zone settings; open hours, including normal hours and special hours; additional options to designate availability for your online catalog, such as "Available online, intranet only, or not available externally." There are new feature enhancements also now available, such as the ability to prevent duplicate entries for your institution; view Registry records on a map and correct longitude and latitude; view a listing of all authorized users for your institution; view and update branches and affiliations on one page, and automatically relate records to each other; detect IP address duplicates. There are some minimal changes to the WorldCat Registry APIs in terms of schemas and XML outputs. Find detailed information about these changes on the OCLC Developer Network blog at http://www.oclc.org/developer/. Libraries who do not already have an authorized WorldCat Registry account can request a login to OCLC Service Configuration by following the instructions at http://www.oclc.org/us/en/access/prepare.htm. The WorldCat Registry is a free service for the library community, provided and maintained by the OCLC cooperative. With information about more than 100,000 libraries worldwide, the WorldCat Registry helps raise visibility for libraries on the Web. All libraries, regardless of OCLC membership status, are encouraged to view and update their information.
Resource Sharing and Delivery
OCLC and Ingram to Offer New Option for Access to E-Books
OCLC and Ingram Content Group Inc. will soon offer a new service option that will provide library users short-term access to e-books not in their collection through WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad. The new service option, to launch in the coming months, expands access to library content available through WorldCat Resource Sharing to include access to e-books from Ingram’s MyiLibrary e-book collection for a period of up to nine days. E-book loans are fee-based, set at 15 percent of the MyiLibrary price for access to the e-book. The fee is managed through the WorldCat Resource Sharing interlibrary loan Fee Management feature, a service that supports payment of resource-sharing services through the library’s OCLC invoice. Using WorldCat discovery services, library users can find what they need and staff can request access to available e-books in Ingram's MyiLibrary. OCLC is working with Ingram (holding symbol IDILL) to identify and attach holdings to the MyiLibrary e-books available to users. To support this e-book access program, OCLC is adding a new "Alert" category in the request manager in WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad to inform borrowing library staff that the record requires immediate action. The library user will have nine days from the date the e-book is shipped to use the link before it expires. This short-term access option delivers e-books to users quickly, so they can begin to use requested titles right away. Once a request is updated to “shipped” status, it is immediately available for use with no delays for shipping or the time required to pick up a requested print title. In addition, many users access e-books to obtain specific parts of information for research. For example, often a chapter or section of an e-book is all they need to use. The MyiLibrary interface lets users search full text of titles to quickly identify the sections they need.
Direct Request for E-Books in WorldCat Resource Sharing
WorldCat Resource Sharing now includes Direct Request processing for e-books. This enhancement, based on data in the WorldCat knowledge base, allows you to set up a Direct Request profile for open access e-content and subscription-based e-content for books. When you create an “e-text” profile, the service routes requests back to your library for material you own or for freely-available materials such as open-access books and journals. When a user submits a book request for an item in the WorldCat knowledge base, the request is routed back to your staff with a link to the item. Like the recently-announced article-sharing enhancement, Direct Request for e-books uses data in the WorldCat knowledge base to put documents into the hands of library users in record time. These enhancements also save time for library staff by automating processes you may now manage manually. Your first step toward using resource sharing enhancements based on data in the WorldCat knowledge base is to register for use of the knowledge base at https://www3.oclc.org/app/worldcat/wckb/. This new functionality is included as part of your existing subscription to WorldCat Resource Sharing or ILLiad at no additional charge.
Management Services and Systems
EZproxy 5.4 Now Available
The library community's leading authentication and access solution has been enhanced again. New features added to EZproxy 5.4 include the following:
- Support for Windows 7.
- A user can now submit a username or password that is longer than 32 characters or contains a "|" when using SIP Authentication.
- Support signing cert 'rollover' by supporting multiple x.509 certificates in SAML metadata.
- Made changes to prevent PDF files from being treated as HTML files and improperly returned to the user.
- Numerous updates and bug fixes to further support Shibboleth implementations.
- Improved security measures now prevent a potential denial of service vulnerability and integrate with version 0.9.8q of OpenSSL.
- Enhanced debugging features, such as line numbers for the EZproxy Admin "test user.txt" page and line numbers for the config.txt file. Error messages are now written just below the line that caused them. The actual text of the file is written instead of the trimmed text. Enable this feature by adding XDEBUG 128 to your configuration file. Note: OCLC does not recommend running this feature in a live production environment due to the quantity of messages logged.
We encourage you to upgrade to EZproxy 5.4 to stay current with the latest features. Please review the enhancements page and upgrade at your earliest convenience. Get more detail and a full list of changes at http://www.oclc.org/us/en/support/documentation/ezproxy/changes.htm.
Digital Collections Services
OCLC Introduces a Redesigned CONTENTdm
CONTENTdm 6, the latest version of OCLC's popular CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management software, offers a complete redesign for the end-user experience along with new website configuration tools that enable digital collection administrators to easily customize their collections websites without programming expertise. CONTENTdm now offers new customization options, new architecture, and improvements for search engine optimization. Created with a user-centered design approach, the new CONTENTdm is the result of extensive usability testing. OCLC incorporated the feedback from these usability studies—along with CONTENTdm user community input, security and performance considerations, and a secondary design goal of ease of customization—to create a more intuitive experience for end users and tools that enable digital collection administrators to quickly customize their collections websites. The new CONTENTdm website has consistently passed usability tests with 97 percent of end users able to accomplish their tasks. Improved usability leads to greater use and participation in libraries’ digital collections. The new end-user interface offers simpler access to digital items, easier navigation paths, dynamic interaction with digital items, and multiple avenues for discovery. It also offers end users more functionality, including the ability to share digital items (via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and many more), an enhanced image viewer for zooming and panning, and viewing images in full screen, as well as features that support discoverability such as QuickView, Advanced Search, Suggested Topics, Facets, breadcrumbs, and RSS feeds. The new Website Configuration Tool enables CONTENTdm digital collection administrators to tailor the appearance and behavior of their collections. With the new tool, administrators have the ability to create a branded look and feel for their websites, without programming skills or Web developer resources. Administrators can customize colors and styles or upload logos, as well as preview their website before publishing any changes, using the toolset. Additionally, all customizations persist through future software updates. Other CONTENTdm enhancements include improved Search Engine Optimization, updated Controlled Vocabularies, and many more. It also includes a new feature that makes metadata creation more efficient by automatically extracting embedded image metadata. Now, EXIF and IPTC metadata embedded in JPEG and TIFF images can be automatically extracted and then mapped to Dublin Core or Qualified Dublin Core fields. More than 2,000 libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions around the world use CONTENTdm to manage their digital collections and deliver them to the Web.
WebJunction and ALA Learning Round Table to Offer Free Online Conference 2011 May 3
WebJunction, OCLC's online learning community for library staff, and the ALA Learning Round Table, which promotes quality continuing education for all library personnel, will team up to offer a free, online learning and training conference August 10-11, 2011. The conference, to include eight one-hour sessions over two days, will be hosted using the WebEx Web conferencing tool, which will provide attendees with easy online access to all live sessions and the ability to interact with other attendees and presenters using text-based chat. Registration will open by June 1 when full conference details are available on WebJunction.org. Jay Turner, a leader in developing creative e-learning solutions for libraries, will serve as keynote speaker for the conference. Mr. Turner serves on the Learning Round Table Board and was the training manager for the Gwinnett County Public Library until May 13. He then became the new Director of Continuing Education for the Georgia Public Library Service. Mr. Turner was selected as an ALA Emerging Leader in 2008 and is also active in the Public Library Association. Session presenters will provide practical solutions for libraries looking to implement both staff and patron training using innovative learning techniques that include formal and informal, and online and face-to-face methods. Topics will be particularly relevant to public libraries, but all library staff are welcome and encouraged to attend. Session details will be made available on WebJunction.org in the coming weeks. With tight training and travel budgets, this free conference provides library staff an easy and affordable opportunity to learn from and network with both the WebJunction and Learning Round Table communities. Anyone unable to attend the live sessions will be able to view the recorded presentations that will be archived on WebJunction.org after the conference. Full session archives from WebJunction’s two 2010 online conferences are also available to view on WebJunction.org.
Jackie Dooley Elected VP/President-Elect of Society of American Archivists
Jackie Dooley, OCLC Research Program Officer, has been elected Vice President/President-Elect of the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Her one-year term as Vice President will begin in August, and she will serve as SAA’s 68th President in 2012–2013. Ms. Dooley has been a member of SAA for 25 years and was named a Fellow in 2000. She notes the challenges that lay ahead for SAA in implementing a vision that reflects core values of archivists. She further notes that graduate students in archival programs have expressed strong opinions about how the professional society can help them learn and thrive, and SAA's leaders must both listen carefully and act productively. Ms. Dooley has served SAA in a variety of leadership positions, including on the SAA Council from 2000 to 2003. She has also chaired the Publications Board, Program Committee, and Nominating Committee. Other professional affiliations include the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Society of California Archivists, advisory councils of the Online Archive of California, and as an instructor at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School. Dooley holds a BA from the University of California, Irvine, and an MLS from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lynn Silipigni Connaway Elected ALA Library Research RT Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
OCLC Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway has been elected ALA Library Research Round Table Vice-chair/Chair-elect. Round Tables are membership groups within the American Library Association; the terms of office run from June 2011 through the 2013 Annual Conference. The mission of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is to contribute toward the extension and improvement of library research; to provide public program opportunities for describing and evaluating library research projects and for disseminating their findings; to inform and educate ALA members concerning research techniques and their usefulness in obtaining information with which to reach administrative decisions and solve problems; and expand the theoretical base of the field. LRRT also serves as a forum for discussion and action on issues related to the literature and information needs for the field of library and information science. Connaway's term as Chairperson-elect begins immediately following the ALA Annual Conference in June, and runs until the 2012 conference, when she will become Chair. The Chairperson is the chief executive officer of the LRRT and Chair of its Steering Committee. Connaway's term in this office will run from 2012–2013. After that she will serve until 2014 as immediate past Chair, as such continuing to serve as a member of the Steering Committee and as the LRRT representative to the ALA Research Committee.
Rapid Capture: Faster Throughput in Digitization of Special Collections
This report provides examples of how to simplify and streamline digital capture of non-book collections. Nine case studies illustrate processes and procedures institutions have adopted to speed up digitization of special collections. The intent in sharing these vignettes is to enable others to consider whether any of the approaches could be applied to their own initiatives to increase the scale of their digitization efforts. Those featured in the case studies include: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University; Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress; Digital Collection Unit, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; Southern Regional Library Facility, University of California, Los Angeles; Archives and Special Collections, University of Minnesota; University Archives, University of Minnesota; Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina; and Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books, The Walters Art Museum. This report is the latest in a series of OCLC Research reports about how to increase access to special collections that have resulted from our work under the thematic focus of Mobilizing Unique Materials. View the report overview page for Rapid Capture: Faster Throughput in Digitization of Special Collections at http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2011/2011-04r.htm.
FAST Converter, Web Interface for Converting LCSH to FAST, Available
FAST Converter, a Web interface for converting LCSH headings to FAST headings, is now available. This new prototype accepts either single headings or small sets of bibliographic records for conversion. The intent of this Web site is to provide a learning tool to help familiarize users with FAST and the differences between FAST and LCSH. LCSH headings can be entered as text, with conversion results appearing as plain text. MARC format bibliographic files can also be uploaded, and a link to the converted file returned. Conversion files are limited to 50,000 bytes, or approximately 500 records. FAST subject headings were developed by adapting the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) with a simplified syntax, retaining the very rich vocabulary of LCSH while making the schema easier to understand, control, apply, and use. FAST Converter is an experimental Web interface and may be withdrawn without notice. For more information, see the FAST Converter activity page at http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/fastconverter/.
"Scan and Deliver”: New Report on User-Initiated Digitization
A new report, "Scan and Deliver: Managing User-initiated Digitization in Special Collections and Archives" presents strategies for providing efficient and economical delivery of digital copies of materials in special collections. Changes in technology and the increased visibility of special collections have led to greater user interest in accessing special collections, as well as the expectation that reproduction requests will be fulfilled with digitized images. This combination has resulted in a deluge of user-generated requests for digital copies of special collections in an environment in which the digitization process can be labor-intensive and digitization policies vary widely across institutions. To address these issues, OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership Working Group on Streamlining Photography and Scanning investigated factors affecting digitization-on-demand workflows and ways to reduce cumbersome workflow and policy issues. They did this by evaluating current local practices, investigating ways to simplify institutions' user-initiated digitization workflows and identifying common strategies for streamlining the process of creating and delivering digital images to users. This report details their work and its result—a flexible, tiered approach to delivering digitized materials that acknowledges differences in user needs, collections, institutions, and resources. This tiered workflow for user-initiated digitization consists of four main steps: review, decide, scan, and deliver. By adopting this approach, librarians and archivists can make access the top priority, streamline user-initiated digitization workflows, and leverage digital technology to deliver special collections and archives to users efficiently—while more easily meeting their own high standards and encouraging the evolving use of special collections and archives. View the report overview page at http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2011/2011-05r.htm. Read the report itself (.pdf: 166K/18 pp.) at http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2011/2011-05.pdf.
Collaboration to Study Digital 'Residents' and 'Visitors'
University of Oxford and OCLC Research are collaborating in a six-month JISC-funded study, which is part of a larger three-year longitudinal project to investigate the theory of digital residents and visitors with students in the transitional educational stage, the time between late-stage secondary or high school and the first year of university. Titled "Visitors and Residents: What Motivates Engagement with the Digital Information Environment?" the pilot phase of this collaborative international project began in January and will continue through the middle of 2011. Project directors are Mr. David White, Co-Manager (Development), Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL), part of the University of Oxford, and Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Senior Research Scientist at OCLC. Dr. Donna Lanclos, Library Ethnographer at the J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will conduct data collection and analysis efforts in the United States. Digital residents spend a portion of their lives online, using the Web to develop an identity and maintain relationships. They tend to use the Web in many aspects of their lives, including as a venue for conducting their social life. In contrast, digital visitors use the Web as a tool for achieving specific goals as needs arise. They do not develop an online identity nor participate in online culture in the same way, or to the same extent, that digital residents do. The Web page for "Visitors and Residents: What Motivates Engagement with the Digital Information Environment?" is available at www.oclc.org/research/activities/vandr/default.htm.
Newsletter 31.2 (June 2011)