Burke Memorial Library has decided to be an early adopter of Web-scale Management Services, developed by OCLC, the world’s largest library cooperative. OCLC’s Web-Scale Management Services (WMS) differ from traditional library systems by offering libraries one unified solution to help streamline routine tasks like purchasing and subscribing to materials and circulating them for cardholders. By moving these functions to the Web, libraries are able to share infrastructure costs and resources, as well as collaborate in ways that free them from the restrictions of local hardware and software.
WMS allows students to access data in a search platform that’s similar to Google in format and speed. It provides students and faculty with access to library held materials and allows them to search a vast pool of information that includes books found in the world’s libraries, half a billion articles and a huge collection of materials from digital and web based archives. The system will also streamline acquiring and cataloging resources and increase availability and immediacy to sources.
Our library catalog address is: http://shclibrary.worldcat.org.
Search WorldCat Local
Shows how to do a basic keyword search and how to refine the search results. Covers the ranking of search results, the relevancy sort order and more.
Flash-based. Run time: 7 minutes.
Shows how to use the Advanced Search screen. Includes command line searching, Boolean operators, wildcards, truncation and more. Flash-based. Run time: 8 minutes (without viewing optional examples)
Get the Item
Shows how to determine whether or not an item is available and how to obtain the item you want. Includes requesting online articles, serials and electronic resources. Flash-based. Run time: 8 minutes