Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Indispensible Course Summary

Being Indispensible: A Librarian's Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job
            ALA Editions eLearning taught by Hilda Weisburg

            We are living in challenging times in education, facing budget and program cuts across all disciplines including media center services.  It is simply not enough to do a good job and expect to avoid the chopping block.  This course provided many valuable tools to help secure your place in your building or district.
            One of the most important tools was to increase visibility and purpose both physically and through the internet and social media. Hilda stressed the importance of having a clear and defined mission statement in under 50 words for your media center.  The participants in the course weighed in to fine tune mission statements specific to their media centers. The following are several examples:
  • The mission of the ____ Media Center is to provide an all-inclusive environment integral to the school curriculum,  empowering students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users and creators of information.
  • The ___ High School Library Program provides a welcoming environment in which students and staff are afforded equitable access to the resources and skills needed to be critical thinkers, ethical users of information, enthusiastic readers and lifelong learners. 
  • The mission of the ___ School Library Program is to establish students as effective and efficient users of information, technology, and to foster the lifelong love of recreational reading.  The program also develops critical thinking skills through 21st century research skills, while students learn how to evaluate various print and non-print resources.

            The second idea was to have a tagline, use it on your web page and other printed materials. Some of the tag lines suggested include:
·        Let the library open the door to your future
·        It All Happens in the Library
·        Library without walls, Learning without end
·        ---- School Library -- Where knowledge and imagination happen one page at a time
            A third important component of visibility and purpose is to establish and post your core values for the media center. These values and beliefs determine how you operate your program.  If they are not established it is difficult to determine if you are meeting the goals of your program or focusing your efforts in the proper areas.
            Example 1:
·        Providing Positive support for all students and staff
·        Respect of the media center resources and the rights of others
·        Demonstrate Integrity in all actions
·        Embrace the Diversity offered in print and non-print resources
·        Enthusiastically promoting your learning
            Example 2:
·        Lifelong Learning
·        Intellectual Freedom and Curiosity
·        Responsible Citizenship
            Example 3:
  • A welcoming environment that is student-friendly, parent-friendly, staff-friendly and community-friendly.
  • Providing equitable access to the best information resources available for recreational and academic purposes.
  • The ethical use of information resources.
  • Instructional programs that support school and district missions and provide students with the resources they need to succeed in school and in life.
  • connecting learners with ideas and information, and
  • Preparing students for life-long learning, informed decision-making, a love of reading, and the use of information technologies.
            From these core values you would develop a vision statement. They also should be under 70 words, posted on your webpage for all to view and become the standard to base the focus of your program.
·        The School Library Program is the hub of our community of leaders and learners, where creating, connecting and collaborating is at the heart of all we do. 
·        The vision of the __ High School Media Center is to create and maintain a welcoming learning environment that is integral to student achievement where students and staff benefit from equitable access to the highest quality research and pleasure reading materials and emerging technologies. School library media specialist staff collaborate learning experiences to ensure that school community members have the opportunity to be effective and ethical users of ideas and information, develop critical thinking skills and an appreciation for literature.
·        The School Library Programming integrates information literacy and reading engagement across the curriculum and grade levels to ensure that students are college and career ready, empowering their learning by incorporating inquiry, reading and critical thinking skills to develop  21st century lifelong learners.
            The next point of discussion is the need for an elevator speech, prepared and ready to deliver when you have small snippets of time to promote your program.  It is important with an elevator speech that you focus on the most significant aspect of your program.  Many feel that you should start your speech by citing a statistic about the correlation between student achievement based on higher test scores and a library media center staffed by a full time licensed media specialist. Other suggested topics include new additions to the media center, collaboration ideas, ways you can help students achieve. Here are a few examples:
·        We are fortunate to work in a county where citizens support the education of our students. In 2013, the citizens voted in favor of a property tax increase and that means the students in our schools now have the expert guidance of our media specialists in learning to access, evaluate,
communicate, and produce information as they become college, career, and world ready.  If you are interested, I would love to have you visit my media center -- or check our web page to see what students are doing.
·        Can you imagine a school without a library?  Who will teach the kids how to question what they read?  Or get them that book they want to read? Or how to use that new iPad to find that book?  Oh you don't know how to do that?  Well let me show you -- just stop by.
·        A school media specialist is the "Seri" in the educational environment. We have the professional experience to assist students and staff with their most difficult challenges, be it a research question, recommended read or technology dilemma. How can I assist you today?
·        Did you know that a librarian is the ultimate search engine? 
            In order for you program to be successful, become indispensible, you need to assert yourself into a leadership role in your building, district and potentially state and national professional organizations.  In order to do that, you need to assess your strengths and weaknesses to determine your approach to becoming a leader or the go to person in your building. You need to view your emotional intelligence as well as your personality traits when determining your course of action.  We viewed desirable characteristics of a leader with the following being most important: kindness, compassion, great listener, knowledgeable, forward thinking, great communicator both orally and written work, passionate, approachable, trustworthy, confident and open to others ideas. Since most of the day media specialists work directly with the population of a school or community, emotional intelligence is front and center. The big EI traits are self awareness, self control and management of emotions and feelings, empathy for others and advanced levels of social skills. During a typical workday we are challenged with dealing with all of these traits as we instruct, provide one on one assistance with a patron or simply listen in a situation a student or colleague is experiencing with the hope of arriving at a solution for the problem. Equally as important are the characteristics and EI skills that relate to working independently such as motivation. Recognizing your strengths and weaknesses will provide you with areas to improve and guide you to formulating a plan of action that best suits your skills, aligning for a more successful delivery of services and promotion of your program.
            The last section of the course focused on determining your audience or stakeholders.  The list of people you need in support of your program include students, staff, building and district administrators, school board members, parents, community members, business community and state and national representatives who can lobby for funding.  This list includes many members outside of the building community, all holding key roles in the survival of media centers. Many of these people view our positions as the stereotypical librarian from their past and feel that there is no longer a need for that position with the age of electronic resources and libraries without walls.  As we all know,  nothing could be further from the truth.  If we don't teach the 21st century technology skills needed to access, evaluate, create and process available data, who will?
            There were many significant ideas presented in the class, however one of the most reaffirming messages is that it takes time to establish your presence in a building as indispensible.  It is not something that can be accomplished in a year.  You need to build the program one teacher at a time, develop collaborative projects that are successful and spread the word on your web page or school newsletter.  Teachers by nature like to work alone in their own domain so breaking into their world can prove to be a challenge.
            Being indispensible takes planning and work.  For many of us who work alone in our domain it means going outside of the walls of the media center to promote what you have to offer, engaging a network of people who support your vision and mission and who are willing to collaborate for the ultimate goal of student success. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Suspending a hold in OverDrive!

You're in the middle of a great book and you see you're next for a title that has had a long waiting list, what do you do? You can't read or listen to them both at the same time, but you don't want to go to the end of the waiting list, again! Now you can "suspend" your hold, finish your current book and not have to wait long for the other title.  Learn more about suspending a hold in OverDrive:


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

August starts with Puppets and then music, and more Music To You!

Legacy programming in August starts with the Z Puppets Rosenschnoz! The Secret Life of Puppets! They are currently touring the area bringing a hands on puppeting workshop to area libraries to wind down summer reading programs.  If you missed them earlier this week, they still have programs coming up at:

Thursday, August 7, 2014
10:30 am Calumet Public Library
3:30 pm Hibbing Public Library
6:30 pm Marble Public Library

Friday, August 8, 2014
10:30 am Silver Bay Public Library, 
3:00 pm Grand Marais Public Library

Monday, August 11, 2014
10:30 am  West Duluth Branch Library
3:30 pm Two Harbors Public Library

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
10:30 am Grand Rapids Area Library
3:30 pm Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
1:00 pm International Falls Public Library
6:00 pm Baudette Public Library

Thursday, August 14, 2014
12:30 pm Eveleth Public Library
4:00 pm Babbitt Public Library

Friday, August 15, 2014
12:30 pm Gilbert Public Library
4:00 pm Cook Public Library

After that We have the Jazz guitarist, Briand Morrison from the Grand Portage area. Briand’s jazz guitar playing will remind you of the great Wes Montgomery - smooth, warm, innovative – appealing to both jazz aficionados and anyone who loves good guitar.  Briand Morrison is a guitar player with a wide range of musical interests and great love for music of many idioms and styles.  Through Briand’s vast experience he is blessed with an inveterate fondness for and profound desire to play jazz.  Enjoy his Solo Jazz performance at the following libraries:   
Monday, August 18, 2014
10:30a at the Buhl Public Library
6:30p at the Cloquet Public Library

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
1:00p at the International Falls Public Library
6:00p at the Baudette Public Library

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
1:00p at the Babbitt Public Library
6:00p at the Bovey Public Library

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Noon at the Virginia Public Library
3:30p at the Gilbert Public Library
6:00p at the Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Monday, August 25, 2014
6:00p at the Duluth Public Library (Green Room)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
1:00p at the Silver Bay Public Library
6:00p at the Two Harbors Public Library

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
6:00p at the Grand Marais Public Library

Thursday, August 28, 2014
6:00p at the West Duluth Branch Library

And to fill out the month we have a variety of Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra performances!  Music To You brings a variety of Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra classical musicians into our communities to those who might not otherwise have an opportunity to hear live music. In August, you can enjoy a taste of Latin America, the Beauty of Harp and Flute music, a String Quartet and learn about the Science of Sound at libraries across the region.

In the “Timeless Beauty of Harp and Flute”, Betty Braunstein and Janell Lemire play two of the world's most beloved and oldest instruments in the world. Using their modern flute and harp, images from the past, instruments from other times and places, and their music, these fine musicians will explore the question of why human beings have been music-makers since the beginning of time.

Chisholm Public Library – Wednesday, August 13th at 11:00 a.m.
Silver Bay Public Library – Monday, August 18th at 1:00 p.m.
Duluth Public Library Green Room – August 18th at 6:00 p.m.
Eveleth Public Library – Wednesday, August 21st at 1:00 p.m.
West Duluth Branch Library – Wednesday, August 21st at 6:00 p.m.

Nixon Bustos on Bass and Melanie Sever on Flute will share the “Music and Culture of Latin America”.  Explore the culture and history on a tour through Brazil, Coloumbia, Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba and Venezuala. Learn Latin rhythms, play folk percussion instruments and dance to styles like the Argentinian Tango, Colombian Cumbia, and Brazilian Samba! This is an interactive program for all ages!

Grand Rapids Area Library - Wednesday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Baudette Public Library – Thursday, August 21st at Noon
International Falls Public Library – Thursday, August 21st at 3:00 p.m.

Nicole Craycraft, Laurie Bastian, Kevin Hoeschen and Rebecca Peterson will play music ranging from the ragtime of Scott Joplin through the more contemporary music of the Beatles and Coldplay. This String Quartet’s “Thanks for the Memories” program shows how music is much more than just notes! Just as a photo or a particular smell can elicit vivid memories, music can connect us with special times from our past. Enjoy each note of this program as you explore the connection between music and memory in a decade-by-decade journey through American music.

Grand Marais Public Library – Wednesday, August 20th at 3:00 p.m.
Hoyt Lakes Public Library - Friday, August 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

Betty Braunstein, flute and Steve Highland, violin will explore the connection between sound and science with items like a tuning fork, slinky, and a beaker of water! Their “Sounds of Science” hands-on demonstrations, computer animations, and live music will show you why music to your ears is also music to your brain.

Ely Public Library - Wednesday, August 27th at 3:00 p.m.
Babbitt Public Library – Wednesday, August 27th at 6:00 p.m.
Cloquet Public Library – Thursday, August 28th at noon

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Celebrating “Moonlight” Graham Days at the Chisholm Public Library!

Friends of the Library Photo Reveal and Book Sale
Thursday, Aug. 7th 10am-2pm

Thanks to The Friends of the Library, photos dating back to 1914 of the Chisholm Public Library have been restored, printed, and framed.  The photos will be revealed and hung up in the Library. Come join us for the reveal along with coffee and snacks in celebration!

Friends of the Library will also be having a Book Sale during this time. Come pick from a wide selection of books including Children’s, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Cookbooks and more! Donations for books go back to the Library.

Hope to see you there!! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Register Now for "Strengthening Libraries Together"

During the month of September, MALF will partner with libraries and local Friends groups across the state to bring “Strengthening Libraries Together,” a new and free workshop, to five Minnesota communities. Attendees will learn ways to increase Friends of the Library membership and raise significant funds for their libraries. They will also have an opportunity to share ideas and network with others facing similar challenges.

Session leader Melissa Brechon has been active in Minnesota’s library community for over 25 years, most recently in leadership roles at the Austin (MN) Public Library and the Carver County Library. She is currently a lead consultant with Library Strategies, where she works closely with public libraries across the country. Her areas of specialty include strategic planning, facility and staffing studies, Board and leadership development, feasibility studies, and capital campaigns.

Sessions will be held in:
Duluth Public Library
2432 E. 5th St., Duluth, MN
Saturday, Sept. 6, 9:30am-3:00pm

Register by August 30

Rasmey County Library - Roseville
2180 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville, MN
Monday, Sept. 15, 4:30pm-8:30pm

Register by September 8 

Rochester Public Library
101 Second St. SE, Rochester, MN
Thursday, Sept. 18, 1:00p-7:00pm

Register by September 11 

Lake Agassiz Regional Library - Moorhead
118 5th St. S., Moorhead, MN
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9:30am-3:00pm

Register by September 13

Great River Regional Library - St. Cloud
1300 W. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN
Saturday, Sept. 27, 9:30am-3:00pm
Register by September 20
Session highlights include a keynote titled "Ten Things I Know to be True (About Friends of the Library Fundraising)," in which Brechon will explore current trends and best practices for Friends' fundraising and membership solicitation. Workshops will also include a panel discussion featuring local Friends. Attendees will come away energized by new ideas for organizational growth and successful community initiatives.

 Please download and share our event flyer and press release.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Aurora Public Library is 100 years old!


Aurora Library celebrates its centennial year

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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:53 pm
AURORA — Kathy Kiiskinen has been an avid reader all her life, so it’s a natural fit for her to be president of the Friends of the Library in Aurora, where the library is in its centennial year.
And to celebrate 100 years, librarian Paula Chapman and the Friends of the Library hosted a visit by award-winning Minnesota author William Kent Krueger — who writes books based on a fictional town named Aurora.
Close to 100 people attended the event and potluck dinner at the Aurora Community/Senior Center. “Every seat was filled,” said Kiiskinen, adding that her daughter Kim Kiiskinen is a librarian in River Falls, Wis. In a phone interview she said, “We’re all readers. My kids had library cards before they started school.”
Krueger wrote the Cork O’Connor mystery series, including one to
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be released in August called “Windigo Island.” In the series “Cork O’Connor battles vicious villains, both mythical and modern, to rescue a young girl in the latest nail-biting mystery,” a reviewer wrote. This year Krueger won a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and a Minnesota Book Award for his book “Tamarack County.” He also won an Edgar Award for mystery writing for “Ordinary Grace.”
Kiiskinen laughed when she told of Krueger’s reaction to the large turnout of guests — and the spread of food at the potluck. “This is the Iron Range,” Kiiskinen had told Krueger. Chapman said the event was attended by guests not only from Aurora and the surrounding area, but also from International Falls to Alexandria to Rochester, as well as out-of-state visitors from Florida, Michigan and Kansas. Kiiskinen said the Aurora drugstore “sold a lot of postcards.”
The Aurora Public Library opened on Jan. 10, 1914, said Chapman. Centennial committee members are retired librarian Joyce Banttari, Pat Barnes, Sarah Barnes, Paula Chapman, Carol Haasl, Pat Heikkila, Karen Leiviska and Thea Riebel. Chapman credited Mesabi East graduate Grace Berg with creating the Aurora Library’s centennial logo and Arrowhead Library System graphic artist Brian Minor with designing a centennial bookmark. Officers of the Friends of the Library in addition to Kiiskinen are Barb Hammer, vice president; Peg Bateman, secretary; and Pat Heikkila, treasurer.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the library’s founding in January Chapman had dislayed lists of bestsellers for each decade since the library opened. Chapman said in a phone interview that the 1914 bestsellers included “Pollyanna” by Eleanor H. Porter, “T. Tembaron” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “Eyes of the World” by Harold Bell Wright, “The Salamander” by Owen Johnson — and “Inside of the Cup” by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
A Fourth of July ice cream social was hosted by the Friends of the Library and sponsored by Zup’s with close to 200 sundaes served.
Upcoming events include a presentation of Z Puppets at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and a concert at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Essentia Health Northern Pines called “Timeless Beauty of Harp and Flute” by members of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

E-Rate Progam and Libraries

What libraries need from key U.S. technology program

July 10

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
I’ve published two posts this week about the federal “E-Rate” program — which offers discounts to schools and libraries  for Internet access and telecommunications — and a modernization plan that the Federal Communications Commission will take up at its meeting Friday.

The first post urged the FCC to approve the plan as a first step in improving the program. It was co-written by Julius Genachowski, managing director of The Carlyle Group and former FCC chairman, and Jim Coulter, a commissioner of the bi-partisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission and co-founder of TPG Holdings. The second post said that the plan before the FCC  is inadequate and does not address suggestions filed by more than 600 educators on how to modernize the E-Rate program to meet their classroom needs. It was written by Brian Lewis, chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education.

In the following post,  Emily Sheketoff, director of the Washington office of the American Library Association, offers a third view on the E-Rate modernization plan.

By Emily Sheketoff

Most parents and families understand that learning does not stop at the school door, at the start of summer break, or upon graduation. Whether it’s education for K-12 or non-traditional students, or early learners and adult learners, libraries complete education. In fact, the Pew Internet Project found that 94 percent of parents say libraries are important for their children, including 79 percent who described libraries as “very important.”

Today, modern library service depends on high-capacity broadband, which the federal E-rate program is essential in supporting. More than 77 million people log on to public library networks in a year. Yet, despite literally being part of the name of the “Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries” (or the E-rate program), libraries are often overlooked in conversations about modernizing this vital program and ensuring digital opportunity. This is a problem.

America’s libraries are in the center of the reform debate as recipients of E-rate funding and as the only providers of free public Internet access in more than 60 percent of communities. Our nation’s public libraries depend on affordable, scalable, high-capacity broadband in order to complete Education, jump-start Employment and Entrepreneurship, and foster individual Empowerment and Engagement, or the E’s of Libraries™. The services today’s libraries provide are not “nice to have.” They are critical for communities nationwide. Libraries serve everyone from birth through Medicare Part D, and librarians provide the expert assistance integral to successfully navigating the digital world.

Just about a year ago, there was great optimism among those who care deeply about the little-known but critical E-rate program when the Federal Communications Commission took on the challenge President Obama’s ConnectED initiative issued. We planned to set targets for measuring our progress in deploying high-capacity broadband to libraries and schools. We aimed to streamline an application process that everyone agreed was too complicated and cumbersome. And we sought to be the best possible stewards of funding that has hardly budged since the program was established 18 years ago—while cost of living has climbed and technology use has exploded.

Now we hold our collective breath to see whether we will sink into gridlock or find a path forward for our students and communities. If Washington  is not the originator of the “false dilemma,” it certainly is its most active practitioner. This is clear in the charged debate around E-rate reform. The American Library Association (ALA) believes there are valuable nuanced approaches that would result in immediate positive impact for libraries, schools and the people we serve.

We see merit in immediately addressing the widely shared concern about substandard Wi-Fi in library and school buildings to meet mobile technology demands. According to FCC data, libraries have received only 1 percent of the available funding for Wi-Fi and related services over the course of the E-rate program. And in the last funding year no libraries or schools received Wi-Fi funding. At the same time, we hold the Commission to its commitment to ensure these vital community institutions have high-capacity broadband “to” the building, and not just “within” the building. Both are necessary for libraries to provide the nearly endless array of vital services that they offer, including, but not limited to: online digital learning; videoconferencing for small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as for job interviews; access to real-time healthcare information with medical professionals; and opportunities to connect with family across states, countries, and continents.

Virtually all public libraries now provide free public access to Wi-Fi, and use of these networks in (and around) our libraries is exploding. Libraries host more than 1.5 billion in-person visits each year, and Wi-Fi is now considered a foundational and essential library service that enables access to the public internet, as well as a growing range of digital content. Accordingly, it is vital that the Commission adequately fund internal connections and Wi-Fi, as well as allow for the flexibility, local planning and decision-making needed to develop robust Wi-Fi networks for all libraries and the people they serve.

FCC Chairman Wheeler’s draft proposal—which no one but other commissioners have been able to read in detail—will not single-handedly boost global competitiveness nor will it kill E-rate as we know (and value) it. It is, however, an important first step in connecting all learners to the high-capacity broadband critical for digital opportunity. Wi-Fi doesn’t work without adequate broadband to support it, and there is more work to be done to further improve and strengthen the E-rate program for more productive years ahead. But to further delay action will shortchange our nation’s public libraries and the communities they serve.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Minnesota Gangsters at the Gilbert Public Library

Education, Learning and Libraries at a Tipping Point


Education, Learning and Libraries at a Tipping Point

New OCLC report shows how consumers are resetting expectations for higher education and libraries

DUBLIN, Ohio, 25 June 2014—A new report suggests that the cumulative weight of changing consumer habits, enabling technologies like MOOCs and mobile, and the high cost of postsecondary education are resetting expectations and bringing permanent changes to education and lifelong learning.
OCLC, the computer library service and research organization, today released At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries, the latest in a series of OCLC Membership Reports designed to explore emerging trends that impact libraries and librarianship. The report is available to download from the OCLC website.
"OCLC market research has tracked the perceptions of information consumers for more than a decade. Much has changed in the environment over that time. We have seen Google change search habits and Amazon change buying habits. We are now watching online learning services and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) change the landscape and expectations for education and learning," said Cathy De Rosa, OCLC Vice President for the Americas and Global Vice President of Marketing, and principal contributor to OCLC Membership Reports.
At a Tipping Point looks at the views of online learners—their concerns about the cost of higher education, their experiences with online learning, and their expectations for more convenient, life-based education models in the future.
"The pressure is mounting on traditional models of learning. We see evidence in the research that we may be reaching a tipping point in how consumers think about and would like to manage their education," said Ms. De Rosa. "Students and parents are eager for more convenience and more options in how they learn—they favor convenience over structure, self-service over predefined options. Students of all ages are having success with online learning and, like most services that have moved onto the Web, consumers expect these new services to continue to improve in quality and increase in popularity."
Changes to education and online learning have implications and opportunities for libraries. "The same digital forces reshaping education will reshape library users’ expectations, on our campuses and across our communities," said Ms. De Rosa.
At a Tipping Point provides data on consumer attitudes and perceptions about online learning and MOOCs. The report also includes data about parents' and students' perceptions of campus life and their use of libraries—both at the library and online.
The report concludes with some thoughts for strategic consideration and action for libraries.
"As consumers' needs and preferences shift, libraries have new opportunities to deliver both services and convenience that will increase impact and grow relevance to online learners," said Ms. De Rosa.
See a brief video about At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries on the website at http://oc.lc/TippingPointVideo.
Visit the OCLC Membership Reports page for more information and to download the study.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.
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