OCLC Global Council – Election Results

Ms Ellen Tise
From 10 – 12 April 2014 the OCLC Global Council meeting was held in Dublin, Ohio, USA.

This meeting concluded by holding elections for two vacant positions in the Board of Trustees and the position of President – elect and Vice President of the Global Council. These are two important bodies in the governing structure of OCLC.

We are pleased to inform you that the two candidates nominated by the Executive Committee of the EMEA Regional Council for both these positions were elected. These candidates are:

  • Board of Trustees: Ms Ellen Tise (Senior Director: Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University, South Africa). Her e-mail address is etise@sun.ac.za. (Mr John Szabo who is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, USA was elected to the other position in the Board of Trustees)
  • President – Elect of the Global Council: Ms Anja Smit (University Librarian at Utrecht University, the Netherlands). Her e-mail address is H.P.A. Smit@uu.nl

Please join us in congratulating these candidates from the EMEA Regional Council, Ellen and Anja for their being elected to these elevated and responsible positions. We wish them success as they carry out their responsibilities entrusted on them by the members of OCLC.

Addition of proposed amendments to Legislation on the Sabinet Legislation Product (NetLaw)

Sabinet is happy to announce that any proposed amendments to a specific piece of legislation will be made available on its South African Legislation Product (Netlaw). As from 1 April 2014 you will start to notice that any proposed amendments to a piece of Legislation will reflect under that specific Section of an Act and will display as follows:


Please note that this new addition will not apply retrospectively and will only reflect on the Legislation as and when any new Amendment Acts are published from 1 April 2014 onwards.

When using Sabinet’s Legislation product it is important to note that it remains the responsibility of users to ensure that at all times they are referring to the Sections of an Act which are in force and currently applicable and not the proposed amendments not yet in force.

WorldCat Discovery is now available in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand

Libraries using FirstSearch will move to a richer discovery experience.

OCLC has launched WorldCat Discovery Services, making it possible for library staff and users currently using FirstSearch to move to a richer discovery experience. WorldCat Discovery has been developed and refined based on input and feedback from a 30-member Advisory Group and more than 650 FirstSearch beta test libraries around the world.

WorldCat Discovery Services comprise the new suite of cloud-based applications that brings the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local services together. The new suite enables staff and users to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of both WorldCat and a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections. The new interface has been built using responsive web design principles and is natively optimized for use across desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

WorldCat Discovery Services are now available to thousands of current FirstSearch subscribers as part of existing subscriptions. FirstSearch will operate in parallel with WorldCat Discovery through December 31, 2015, allowing libraries to choose their transition timing. WorldCat Discovery is available initially to libraries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. It will be made available to libraries in Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa later in the year .

FirstSearch libraries can review migration information, and register their intent to transition to the new service. Multiple training sessions, such as online courses and video tutorials, are available to help libraries make a smooth transition to WorldCat Discovery.

Current WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services libraries can begin to use WorldCat Discovery Services during a beta period that begins in April. WorldCat Discovery Services can also be tailored to enhance the local discovery experience through additional fee-based options.

Sign up for a Webinar on WorldCat Discovery Services to see how it works.
Start your transition to WorldCat Discovery today!


Appointment of National Librarian

Prof. Rocky Ralebipi-Simela

The Board of the National Library of South Africa announced that Prof Rocky Ralebipi-Simela has been appointed as the National Librarian with effect from 1 May 2014.

She has been the Regional Director of the Limpopo region of the University of South Africa (Unisa) for the past two years. Prof Ralebipi-Simela holds a Masmter’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Minnesota (USA). She has more than ten years of experience in senior management positions in related fields.

Prof Ralebipi-Simela was a member of the first Board of the National Library of South Africa (2000-2003) and was appointed as Chairperson of the second Board of the NLSA (2003-2006). She was the Chairperson of the National Council of Library and Information services (NCLIS) from 2007-2011. She has served in the business (production and publications of online databases in the USA) and higher education sectors (as a Library and Information professional and academic leader) for 35 years.

Prof Ralebipi-Simela has also served on the Board of Sabinet since 2005. We want to wish her all the very best in her new role and we are looking forward to her contribution to the LIS sector.

Sabinet launches CCMA and Bargaining Council Awards

Sabinet is excited to announce that we have launched CCMA and Bargaining Council Awards as a part of our Sabinet Labour Judgments product on 6 February 2014. This additional search option contains all of the more than 300 000 Awards from 1996 to date. Access to these Awards will be available to all existing Sabinet Labour clients.

The addition of the CCMA Awards will assist users of the Sabinet Labour product to seamlessly access the full text of any CCMA Award in a few easy steps.

Sabinet will be adding the new CCMA and Bargaining Council Awards on a monthly basis within 5 days of receiving the information thereby making this service the most up–to–date and complete in the market.

Our new search page provides users with the following searching option: Keywords, Employee, Employer, Award Number, Hearing Date range, Award Date, Reason for Dismissal and/or CCMA Division / Bargaining Council. Alternatively users can use the Keyword fields to search across all the full text.

The Awards can also be accessed from a separate tab on the menu bar as can be seen below.

Should you have any questions please contact Client Services, tel: +27 (0)12 643-9500 or email: info@sabinet.co.za

OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting 2014 announced

OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting 2014 announced
24 and 25 February 2014

Member librarians from nearly 30 countries are expected to join us in Cape Town next February. Why? Because the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting offers a rare chance to move outside the regular circuit of national library conferences and engage in some new conversations. The Meeting is becoming a must-attend event for those libraries who are seeking wider collaboration opportunities, and next year we expect to extend our welcome even wider as we hold it for the first time in Africa.

The theme is “Library Community in Action: advancing knowledge, cooperation and innovation” and will address the importance of community – exploring how a cooperative approach can make a difference and what greater collaboration between libraries can really offer in the context of sharing and innovation.

The EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee is delighted to announce the first keynote will be Charles Leadbeater, one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy. Mr Leadbeater is the author of “We-think: the power of mass creativity”, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning. He has also worked extensively as a senior adviser to the U.K. government and the European Commission on the rise of the knowledge-driven economy and the Internet.

I can think of nothing more fitting for our first OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Africa than to have a theme that is inspired by the African proverb, ‘if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together’. In addition to hearing renowned international speakers address the topic, we will learn about member-led activities from across our region, spotlighting initiatives in research, advocacy, shared services, technology and innovation.”

Our Meeting will take place in Cape Town on 24 and 25 February 2014 at the International Convention Centre. Further announcements on the program will follow shortly. The event is free to attend and librarians from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa are welcome. To register interest in attending, go to the event website, and staff at OCLC will contact you when further information becomes available.

We hope you can join us and share our beautiful South African summer with us.

Kind regards,
Robert Moropa,
Chair, OCLC EMEA Regional Council

Skip Prichard named OCLC President and CEO

DUBLIN, Ohio, May 16, 2013

Skip Prichard, an experienced senior executive in the information services market, has been named the next OCLC President and CEO.

Mr. Prichard has led multi-national organizations that serve libraries across the full spectrum of library services and content needs. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Ingram Content Group Inc., which provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Prior to his service at Ingram, he was President and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning, a respected global publisher and information provider serving library, education, government and corporate markets with offices around the world.

Mr. Prichard will succeed Jay Jordan, who will retire June 30 after 15 years as OCLC President and CEO. Mr. Prichard will serve as OCLC President-elect, effective June 3, and will officially become President and CEO on July 1.

For the full news release please see http://www.oclc.org/en-europe/news/releases/2013/201324dublin.html