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OCLC and ProQuest collaborate on e-book management

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A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogues and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles. The initiative is said to build on OCLC’s work with ProQuest’s e-book businesses to support demand-driven acquisition (DDA) workflow and e-book access.

Libraries can now request that ebrary and EBL provide OCLC with holdings data for purchased collections and DDA repositories. The data will be loaded into the WorldCat knowledge base, which combines information about a library’s electronic resources with linking features that enable access to the content. E-book holdings and access will be automatically kept up to date for OCLC cataloguing libraries, without the need for library staff to manually intervene, say the companies.