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OCLC, Academic Book Center, SOLINET to Provide Automated Collection and Technical Services to New Florida University

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OCLC, Academic Book Center, SOLINET to Provide Automated Collection and Technical Services to New Florida University

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OCLC, Academic Book Center, and the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) will provide automated collection and technical services to the library at the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Florida's 10th and newest state university, which is scheduled to open in August 1997.

Under the two-year agreement, OCLC and Academic Book Center will provide a fully cataloged, shelf-ready, opening-day collection, as well as ongoing collection development, acquisitions, cataloging, authority control, physical processing, and fund accounting. SOLINET will provide training and support.

"Our library has embarked on a bold, new approach where the collection and technical services operation is completely outsourced from day one," said Carolyn Gray, dean of library services at FGCU. "Our objective is to provide fully cataloged books and materials that support the university's curriculum and that minimize physical handling by library staff.

"By outsourcing our book purchasing to Academic Book Center and our technical processing functions to OCLC, we can accomplish this goal and focus our limited resources on direct delivery of high-quality, customized library services to students and faculty," Gray said.

OCLC will use several of its services to meet the needs of the new FGCU Library such as:

* OCLC PromptCat, an automated cataloging service that can deliver shelf-ready materials and MARC records to a library (Records arrive at the library at the same time as the materials sent by the book vendor, with a holding symbol already set in WorldCat, the OCLC Online Union Catalog.)

* OCLC RetroCon, a customized service that converts catalog cards to machine-readable form (OCLC RetroCon staff will travel to Florida to complete physical processing of approximately 55,000 items converted during the project.)

* OCLC TechPro, a contract cataloging service where OCLC catalogers provide off-site, short- and long-term cataloging, and physical processing tailored to the needs of the institution (TechPro staff on site at the Academic Book Center facility in Portland, Oregon, as well as TechPro staff at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio, will process FGCU library materials.)

* OCLC Authority Control, an automated service that corrects or modernizes name, series, and subject headings in a library's computerized bibliographic records

OCLC will also provide customized collection analysis, helping Academic Book Center to develop and refine a retrospective purchase plan and ongoing approval plan based on initial statistical analyses of selected peer libraries and subsequent analysis of the FGCU collection over time. …

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