In March 2010, OCLC announced plans to discontinue hosting and reselling electronic content in order to focus resources on developing superior discovery-to-delivery of content on vendor-neutral services. Since then, we have transitioned most of the content previously available on the FirstSearch service to other providers and have expanded access to the remaining content through WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local "quick start." As a continuation of this effort, we plan to transition Electronic Collections to an archive-only access model.
OCLC is no longer accepting subscriptions and renewals to Electronic Collections Online e-journal content, and we will stop adding new content to the service on February 1, 2012. Per-article purchase of content from e-journals in Electronic Collections Online will also end on February 1, 2012.
Libraries that subscribe to this e-journal content may continue to provide access to the content from their past Electronic Collections Online e-journal subscriptions by maintaining an access account to the service archive.
Authenticated users of subscribing libraries may continue to search the Electronic Collections Online bibliographic database on FirstSearch, WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local "quick start" and link to the full-text articles they identify through their searches. Articles in Electronic Collections e-journal subscriptions will continue to be available to authenticated users as a source of full-text linking.
As we move forward with the development of cloud-based services, OCLC staff will continue work on behalf of our members to provide access to as much quality content as possible through these services. To stay informed about access to additional content through services such as WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org, please register at www.oclc.org/email/subscribe.htm to receive e-mail updates.