OCLC to add Books24x7 records to WorldCat

I’ve received two emails today with information about the OCLC/Books24x7 announcement regarding Books24x7  records in WorldCat.  The first is from Books24x7 which offers specific details on the available records and procedures for downloading.  The second is from OCLC and is more general information about the partnership.

Books24x7 press release:
Books24x7 is pleased to announce that we are now working with OCLC to add Books24x7 library MARC records to WorldCat. This means that libraries subscribing to OCLC cataloging can now begin retrieving Books24x7 library MARC records from OCLC WorldCat via OCLC Connexion for titles in the following collections, effective now:

  • ITProâ„¢
  • BusinessProâ„¢
  • FinanceProâ„¢
  • OfficeEssentialsâ„¢
  • GovEssentialsâ„¢
  • EngineeringProâ„¢
  • ExecSummariesâ„¢
  • Well-BeingEssentialsâ„¢
  • ExecBlueprintsâ„¢
  • In the near future, libraries subscribing to OCLC cataloging will be able to set and maintain holdings on WorldCat records describing their Books24x7 collections through the OCLC WorldCat knowledgebase. Once set, the holdings will be maintained automatically through the cooperative efforts of OCLC and Books24x7.

    You can continue to retrieve MARC records files from Books24x7’s ftp site if you wish (instructions for downloading MARC records are provided in Books24x7 Library Client Community). Note that, in order to simplify the process, we have incorporated some filename changes which are outlined below, effective immediately:

    BusinessPro – BPro-All-records-as-of-08-31-11.mrc has changed to Books24x7_all_bpro_2011-08.mrc

    EngineeringPro – EngPro-All-records-as-of-08-31-11.MRC has changed to Books24x7_all_engpro_2011-08.mrc

    FinancePro – FPro-All-records-as-of-08-31-11.mrc has changed to Books24x7_all_fpro_2011-08.mrc

    ITPro – ITPro-All-records-as-of-08-31-11.mrc has changed to Books24x7_all_itpro_2011-08.mrc

    OfficeEssentials – All-Office-records-as-of-08-31-2011.mrc has changed to Books24x7_all_office_2011-08.mrc

    GovEssentials – All-GovEss-records-as-of-08-31-2011.mrc has changed to Books24x7_all_gov_2011-08.mrc

    ExecSummaries – All-ExecSumm-as-of-08-31-2011.mrc has changed to Books24x7_all_execsumm_2011-08.mrc

    Well-BeingEssentials – WBE-All-records-as-of-08-31-11.mrc has changed to Books24x7_all_wbe_2011-08.mrc

    ExecBlueprints – Execbp-All-records-as-of-07-31-11.mrc has changed to Books24x7_all_execbp_2011-08.mrc

    OCLC Press Release:

    DUBLIN, Ohio, January 9, 2012OCLC is working with SkillSoft, a leading SaaS provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government and education, to add records for the Books24x7 digital book catalog to WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive database for discovery of library resources.

    SkillSoft’s growing selection of over 30,000 titles in a variety of subject areas will be represented in WorldCat with a link to the Books24x7 platform.

    In addition, OCLC is loading the Books24x7 collection information into the WorldCat knowledge base, enabling OCLC cataloging libraries to easily set holdings in WorldCat for the titles to which they subscribe. WorldCat Local authenticated users will then be able to link directly to Books24x7 titles subscribed to and made available by their library from the corresponding WorldCat records.

    “Working with OCLC will allow us to make the Books24x7 catalog more visible to library users through WorldCat,” said Pam Boiros, Vice President, Product Management, SkillSoft. “Adding records for our Books24x7 collection to WorldCat will provide better integration within library systems, making our digital books more accessible and adding to the value of our collections for libraries and their users.”

    “Records representing the Books24x7 digital book collection are a welcome addition to WorldCat,” said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. “Libraries are adding more e-books to their collections. These records, together with links to Books24x7, make it easy for users to find and access the content they want. OCLC will continue to work with partners like SkillSoft to maximize the visibility and value of libraries’ full collections.”

    To learn more about e-book and e-content partnerships with OCLC, contact Bill Carney, OCLC Content Manager, at carneyb@oclc.org.

    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 72,000 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.