Blackpool; Paul Marland, Bolton; Wendy Fleming, Bury; Diane Simpson, Hilary Stretton, Cheshire; Jan Every, Claire Robinson, Lancaster University; Liz Hartley, Lancashire; Lesley Levett, Helen Lyth, Denise Pickup, Manchester; Vivienne Quigley, Gillian Titterton, Sheila Turner, NWLIP; Gillian Wilson, OCLC; Ann Charlton, Julian McFall, Pam O'Connell, Oldham; Marilyn Dearden, Rochdale; Karen manning, St. Helens; Joe Oxley, Salford; Catherine Tweedy, Kath Yarwood, Sefton; Michael Milne, Stockport; Vanessa Blinston, Charles Goldman, Debbie Hartley, Jill Leeming, Tameside; Julia Annable, Wigan; Janet Lythgoe, Wirral; Sue Williams.
Ann Charlton (Application Services Consultant OCLC) welcomed delegates and introduced her colleagues Pam O'Connell (OCLC Support) and Julian McFall (Project Manager, National Catalogue) before giving a UnityUK Update presentation which covered data contributions, training opportunities, CIPFA Reporting and the progress to date regarding interoperability with Library Management Systems. Ann's presentation is available within the members' area of the UnityUK website www.unity-uk.com in Regions: North West: User Groups and Events.
Julian McFall then went on to introduce the UK Group Catalogue, a project between The Combined Regions (TCR) and OCLC to develop the first freely accessible national public library union catalogue in Britain. Containing the bibliographic data from 80% of UK public libraries, the service will make it possible for Web users to simultaneously search 9 million bibliographic records and 50 million holdings, making bibliographic data more discoverable on the open Web. For more information on this project please visit http://www.oclc.org/uk/en/productworks/ukunioncat.htm. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.