Washington Group Services News

OCLC Pricing

For fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019) OCLC has announced a 3.75% cost increase. In response to a query about the increase, our representative responded as follows:

Several factors are taken into consideration as OCLC determines annual price increases, including costs for technology upgrades, service enhancements, and operating expenses. I would be happy to share a list of cataloging and metadata enhancements that we accomplished in 2017, if that would be helpful. OCLC is raising prices to align with our costs to deliver both Cataloging & Metadata and WorldShare Interlibrary Loan services. In order to ensure the long-term viability of OCLC, we continue to follow a philosophy centered on value-based pricing of our services that provide effective solutions to today’s problems, while covering the cost of these services for a diverse membership.

Individual library price increases can vary, due to cataloging and ILL credits, which remain constant, and are not incremented from year to year. Credits are generally based on the library's original "snapshot" year credits, which for most WA Group Services libraries was calendar year 2006.

Pricing History

For fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018) OCLC pricing for Cataloging and ILL were incremented by 3%, and WorldCat Discovery pricing was incremented 3.5%.

For fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017), the OCLC Board of Trustees again approved a 3% price increase. That was the third year in a row with a 3% increase.

For fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014), the OCLC Board of Trustees approved a 2.75% increase in prices for all OCLC products and services. This was the second year in a row with the same increase, after three years with zero increases.

Libraries participating in Washington Group Services saw a decrease in OCLC costs for Cataloging, Resource Sharing/ILL, and Access for the 2009-2010 fiscal year which began July 1, 2009. The average decrease was 2.45%, with most libraries seeing a drop of at least 2% in basic OCLC service costs, some more.

Libraries purchasing WorldCat subscriptions through Washington Group Services saw a 4-5% decrease in those costs as well. The costs for libraries renewing through the Pacific Northwest FirstSearch Group remained level.

OCLC had previously announced zero price increases for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, but the implementation of “end-user pricing” reduced surcharges, resulting in lower prices for libraries.

OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services

WorldCat® Discovery Services is a new suite of cloud-based applications that replaces the current OCLC FirstSearch® and WorldCat® Local services. With WorldCat Discovery Services, searchers can discover more than 1.8 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world, through a single search of WorldCat and a central index representing more than 2,100 e-content collections. It provides a new way to search WorldCat and enables libraries to offer a rich discovery experience.

WorldCat Discovery is a continuation of the previous subscription to WorldCat on FirstSearch provided by Washington Group Services or via the Pacific Northwest FirstSearch Group, with new and expanded functionality for library staff and library users. The current transition schedule calls for an end to WorldCat access through the FirstSearch platform in 2016, with the exact date yet to be determined. For more information, see this WorldCat Discovery Flier which includes links to OCLC's web site.

Wayfinder Catalog Officially Discontinued

Due to low usage, the Washington State Library discontinued LSTA funding for Wayfinder: The Catalog of Washington Libraries in 2013. It is our understanding that OCLC has removed or will remove Wayfinder from the FirstSearch interface, and it will presumably not be available on the new WorldCat Discovery Services interface that replaces FirstSearch. However, as of June, 2018, Wayfinder was still available for public searching at http://wayfinder.worldcat.org, but without the Wayfinder branding. All of the original scopes were still available as of that date.

Contact Information

For questions about any of the information on this page, contact Washington OCLC Group Services coordinator, Will Stuivenga:

Will Stuivenga
Cooperative Projects Manager
Washington State Library
[email protected]

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