Early this year, the Wall Street Journal decided they were losing money by letting users access content behind their subscription paywall through Google’s “First Click Free” program. With their full content hidden from the open web, WSJ content fell in search rankings, and traffic from Google fell 44%. But at the same time, their subscription conversions increased by fourfold. This news undermined Google’s assertion of the benefit of providing users with a limited amount of free content on a daily basis, without the frustration of encountering subscription paywalls. On October 2, Google announced it was ending FCF in favor of “flexible sampling,” where publishers will be able to determine how much–if any–free content they will provide. (Google recommends 10 free articles per month.) Google is also looking at ways it can leverage what it knows about users, and streamlining the subscription process.
From the Ohio Web Library:
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and October 25 is Unity Day. Wear orange to show your support for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. According to StopBullying.gov, kids who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, health complaints, and decreased academic achievement. Learn how to recognize and prevent bullying with information from these sites:
Also check out these books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.
The black echo by Michael Connelly
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Learn more about the disease, its prevention, and treatment with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.
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Big Sharing meets Big Publishing in a duel for your attention.
Sources of the self : the making of the modern identity by Charles Taylor
Winner of the 2013 Benjamin E. Lippincott Award from the American Political Science Association
It’s the end of an era…actually, it’s the end of two eras. This week, we lose two iconic services: AOL Messenger, and the Windows Phone. While many of us likely never owned a Windows-based phone (thus, the reason it will be with us no longer), most of us probably have used AOL Messenger, at least at one time. Both services bid us adieu this week, although their dates of departure are somewhat different. AOL Messenger will shut down on December 15, 2017. However, the Windows phone platform will have a more leisurely death; bug fixes will still be provided, but no future new development will be occurring.
From the Ohio Web Library:
Street-level bureaucracy : dilemmas of the individual in public services by Michael Lipsky
Winner of the 1981 Gladys M. Kammerer Award from the American Political Science Association
This year, we are celebrating the cooperative’s 50th anniversary. In 1967, the Ohio library community changed the way they worked together to share their catalogs. It was truly a reinvention of cataloging, resource sharing and library discovery.
Today, as we begin our next 50 years, we are at another turning point that requires a new, even bolder vision. We are building on WorldCat, now the definitive global library collection, to provide library members, groups and regional and national partners even greater capacity to build, manage, and curate the collective collection.The biggest picture
For years, OCLC Research has been at the center of industry-wide work that seeks to understand and plan for the evolution of library collections. We’ve been exploring trends such as the shift from locally owned to jointly managed print library collections. Several recent reports delve deeply into the subject, including Right-scaling Stewardship and Understanding the Collective Collection.
The conclusion? We anticipate that a large part of existing US print collections, distributed across many libraries, will move into coordinated or shared management in the near future. Interest in shared print management reflects a growing awareness that long-term preservation of the published record can be organized as a collective effort.
As print collections move into a shared environment, stacks are giving way to reimagined library spaces. These historic transformations require new methods for thinking about and managing collections.A global approach to print management
To meet these needs, OCLC is bringing together the best tools, technology, and talent to provide a new approach for building and managing libraries’ collective collection. Our strategy encompasses all elements of shared print workflows—cooperative infrastructure, collection analysis, retention commitments, and quick and efficient resource sharing. It will enable regional, statewide, and even national holdings management for monographs.
This new approach starts with the global WorldCat data network, which already provides a comprehensive view of many regional and national collections. It is the only set of library data really able to manage and secure libraries’ record of human knowledge for future generations.
From a technical standpoint, we will build on the capabilities of Sustainable Collection Services to further analyze WorldCat and help libraries make the decisions needed on where and what print to keep for a national collection. Capabilities from our resource sharing services will be leveraged to allow for new resource sharing practices that reflect network-level commitments and resources. OCLC’s recent investments in state-of-the-art analytics capabilities helps guide us as we build new services so libraries can make decisions for cooperative collection development. And this will all happen on the WorldShare platform, which is already used by hundreds of libraries for cataloging and ILL services.
OCLC is providing a new approach for building and managing libraries’ collective collection.
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One such innovation we have recently announced is a shared print registration service that expands our shared print capabilities and enables libraries to preserve unique content by identifying protected monograph titles in shared print initiatives using WorldCat. A streamlined process of registering retention commitments will make the shared collection available and help it grow much more quickly.
This new capability will be included in a full OCLC cataloging subscription at no extra charge.Continually reinventing the collective collection
For five decades, WorldCat supported libraries as they built their print collections … and it’s now becoming a vital tool as we begin to reconfigure these print collections and operationalize a new collective collection across consortia, across regions, and ultimately across countries.
We are excited about this vision and I invite you to view a short video with more details about our plans. Working together, we can significantly accelerate our efforts in collection management and shared print projects.
In the coming months, we will reach out to involve the community in a dialogue to help build this future. Together, we can make sure that the collective collection grows and changes to support libraries and the communities they serve over the next fifty years.
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