H.W. Wilson and OCLC are working together to transition library subscriptions for H.W. Wilson databases provided on the OCLC FirstSearch service to the WilsonWeb platform. The commitment to work together follows an announcement that OCLC will transition out of the role of hosting and reselling commercially published content. OCLC will increase focus on partnering with publishers and other database providers to increase access to library-licensed content via WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local. Wilson will continue to include selected databases in WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local.
OCLC will bill and accept new and renewal orders to Wilson databases on FirstSearch with subscription start dates through July 31, 2010. For subscriptions beginning August 1, 2010 H.W. Wilson will invoice renewal customers on the WilsonWeb platform. OCLC will ensure FirstSearch access to these databases until transitioned to WilsonWeb. H.W. Wilson will provide libraries that renew its databases on FirstSearch through July 31, 2010 with parallel service on WilsonWeb at no additional charge to give FirstSearch customers time to migrate easily to the WilsonWeb platform.
Including Wilson databases in WorldCat Local means that libraries that subscribe to Wilson databases and use WorldCat Local will continue to be able make these databases searchable as part of their WorldCat Local service.
"Wilson is pleased to be able to offer WilsonWeb service to OCLC's FirstSearch Wilson database users during this transition period and beyond," said Harold Regan, President and CEO, H.W. Wilson. "We will work with libraries to ensure a smooth transition to WilsonWeb and address each library's individual setup and orientation requirements. Wilson has developed a robust WilsonWeb service, specifically tailored to the Wilson databases offering the most effective ways to search and deliver Wilson data. WilsonWeb provides full text translations, text to speech feature, a host of customizable interface options, daily data updates, and other benefits. Wilson looks forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with OCLC through our participation in WorldCat."
"Wilson databases have been part of FirstSearch since it was introduced in 1991," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "We appreciate our long partnership with Wilson and look forward to continuing this partnership by making Wilson databases searchable through WorldCat Local."
H.W. Wilson has plans in place to ensure continuity of service and support. An FAQ concerning Wilson databases for customer support, billing, content, and platform transition is available at www.hwwilson.com/oclc. An OCLC FAQ about FirstSearch databases is available at http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/content/questions/.