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Anyone else concerned over a rumored push towards eliminating Regional Service Providers for OCLC?

Waldo has sent out a letter to NYLINK members indicated that they could save a certain percentage by going through OCLC directly. It does outline certain services that you would give up and includes your NYLINK membership in the cost savings (Since supposedly you won't need them anymore.)

Normally I'm an OCLC-girl, but I find this new-found advertising of their direct service suspicious.

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ext_102900
Jun. 2nd, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
As I understand it, in part from Rob at WALDO, and in part from rumor and innuendo heard at Computers in Libraries, OCLC wants to cut out the middle-man as part of their new vision of our shared future. Since I've never been thrilled with NYLINK as a billing agency, I understand why this would be beneficial in some ways -- can you actually read and understand every line of the NYLINK bill? (If so, more power to you, and do you want to teach me?) What I worry about are things like local training (I'm in the middle of NOWHERE - is OCLC going to send us trainers?) and LAND, which have a very clear and functional home at NYLINK.

If you check NYLINK's home page, they have a new "membership levels" scheme up, which they have not publicized (to my knowledge), which I find kind of fishy -- it's very new, very different, and completely off of our radar. I assume it's a response to the OCLC maneuver.

I dunno. I'm keeping my eyes open.
hockeylibrarian
Jun. 2nd, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
I think I'm at 90% on those lines of billing. Though that's taken several years and NYLINK blames OCLC for the incoherence.

Local training and work-flow assistance is my number once concern. As at-home online as I am, web-training and a help-desk simply won't meet the same needs.

Thanks for the heads up about these:
http://nylink.org/membership/MemberCategoriesGlance.pdf
http://nylink.org/membership/MemberCategoriesBenefitswithprices.pdf
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