Atla offers discounted purchasing on several OCLC services.
Library users and staff use FirstSearch/WorldCat Discovery to search the WorldCat database of electronic, digital, and physical resources to identify materials they need and to find out where they are available.
FirstSearch offers precision searching of WorldCat that supports library workflows in areas that include reference, interlibrary loan, collection development, along with giving expert searchers the control over searching they often appreciate. WorldCat Discovery provides broad searching of WorldCat through a single search. The Atla subscription provides access to both FirstSearch and WorldCat Discovery.
More information regarding FirstSearch/WorldCat Discovery is provided in Frequently Asked Questions.
Atla Group Catalog
The Atla Group Catalog is a database that allows your library users to search for materials cataloged in WorldCat that are owned by Atla libraries. Participation in the Atla Group Catalog requires a subscription to FirstSearch/WorldCat Discovery, which will be quoted by OCLC. If your library does not currently have one. If your library has a subscription to FirstSearch/WorldCat Discovery through another group, you can still subscribe to the Atla Group Catalog through Atla.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS)
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) are an integrated suite of cloud-based library management applications. With WorldCat data as its foundation, libraries using WMS experience improved workflows and a drastic reduction in the time it takes to perform routine tasks, including e-resource management and cataloging. They have also been able to reallocate full-time staff to undertake new initiatives, such as cataloging special collections, creating LibGuides for users, and redesigning library websites.
Learn more about the Atla Multiple Library Incentive Program: https://0-www-oclc-org.librarycatalog.vts.edu/go/en/wms-for-atla.html.
I’ve found it has been really easy because everything is so integrated. …Having the statistics built into the system and being able to see how many other libraries own something has been very helpful.
– Lydia Putnam, Missio Seminary’s Technical Services Manager. Learn more.
Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) and GreenGlass
The Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) enables libraries to evaluate the future of their print collections. To remain relevant, libraries must constantly balance their historical strengths with demands for new collections and services. Today, the role of local print collections is changing, as space used to house books is being repurposed for collaborative study, maker spaces, and room for more users. Libraries are evaluating their print monographs to determine which materials to retain, move to off-site storage, share retention responsibilities for, or withdraw in order to support traditional and evolving user needs and to use space more effectively. Sustainable Collection Services provides an interactive application called GreenGlass enabling libraries and groups of libraries to analyze key data and provide visualizations that support deselection and shared print projects.
Recorded demonstration of GreenGlass: https://vimeo.com/395216087/34885ebe9b.
Current Institutional Members. Existing WMS subscribers that become an Atla member afterward are not eligible for the discount.
How to Join
Provide the following information to the Member Programs Department in order to receive a quote:
- How many campuses will have access?
- What is your most current FTE (preferably this term’s figures)?
- To which of the following services do you plan to subscribe?
- FirstSearch/WorldCat Discovery
- Atla Group Catalog
- WorldShare Management Services (WMS)
- Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) and GreenGlass
You will have the option of accepting or declining any quotes received. The final quote you accept will be the price you pay to Atla for access to the products ordered.
E-mail questions to the Member Programs Department.
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