Earth’s Largest Library in Sight?
Remember Steve Coffman\'s ELL story in Searcher? He proposed making an Amazonian library with all the Amazon benefits. Infotoday now Says OCLC\'s new strategy may just be on track to reach this goal. OCLC\'s new Four Corners strategy:
Metadata-Formerly called cataloging, but now expanded beyond the traditional OCLC records to new sources from a variety of partners and even some pre-publication metadata, all designed to serve the end-user and the librarian
Content Management-Will enable OCLC to help librarians manage their local collections, including archiving and digitizing local collections
Discovery/Navigation with the next generation of reference services, such as the Portal Management Service—Will help librarians create their own Web sites and portals, as well as effective interfaces for patrons dealing with the Extended World Catalog
Fulfillment-Rapid information-delivery services, including an integrated \"Click to Borrow or Buy\" feature.
I think most librarians would be happy if they just lowered their prices.