Fort Hays State University's Forsyth Library is one of six libraries in the nation that will participate in a year-long research study conducted by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).
The research focuses on improving the access to print, electronic and digital resources. Forsyth Library will provide collection data, circulation data and information about the library to OCLC. In turn, OCLC will register and provide access to Forsyth Library through WorldCat -- the world's largest library catalog and a global network of library content and services -- and syndicate the library's collections and services through partners such as Google Books.
The research project's purpose is to test and increase the discoverability and access of collections on the World Wide Web, measure the efforts of library staff and increase the usage of the library and its collections.
OCLC has cited the Forsyth Library Digital Collections website as a model site for digital collections based on its ease of access and quantity of diverse collections. Collections include the Digital Repository or Space Exploration, the Stafford County Historical Museum Collection, the Johnson Collection, the George Sternberg Photo Albums and Negatives Collection, and the FHSU Art Collection as well as digital copies of academic journals and past editions of The Reveille, the FHSU yearbook. The Forsyth digital collections website can be found at http://contentcat.fhsu.edu/cdm/.
"Our work with OCLC is a distinctive honor for the library and the university," said John Ross, Forsyth Library director. "The staff and I are very pleased to have this opportunity and are excited about the benefits that this research will provide for our students and faculty."
"We believe the results of the study will be useful to all members of the OCLC cooperative," said OCLC's Bill Carney.
The OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat. OCLC research is one of the world's leading centers devoted to exploration, innovation and community building on behalf of libraries, archives and museums.