FA860421Q5003 – Sources Sought – Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Connexion and WorldShare

Nov 10, 2020 | Sources Sought

This is a Sources Sought Synopsis published by the United States Air Force (the Government or USAF). There is no solicitation available at this time. Requests for a solicitation will not receive a response. The purpose of this sources sought notice is to conduct market research to determine whether there are businesses available capable of providing an alternative product that meets the characteristics below. The Air Force anticipates procuring this product as an FY21 base effort. The period of performance for this subscription is estimated 01 January 2021 – 31 December 2021. Responses to this sources sought notice will assist a determination of whether it is in the best interest of the Government to proceed with a competition.

FSC: 7630

NAICS: 519130

Size Standard: 1,000 employees

Subscription name: Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Connexion and WorldShare

Supplier name: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

Product description: OCLC provides access to bibliographic, abstract, and full-text information. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the largest online public access catalog (OPAC) in the world. WorldCat has holding records from public and private libraries worldwide. The Air Force Libraries subscribes to the OCLC Connexion and WorldShare products for cataloging and interlibrary loan. Access is needed to OCLC's Connexion Cataloging in order to process new library materials such as books, dvds, audiobooks, etc. to be uploaded into the Library's Integrated Library System (ILS) for customer's borrow from the libraries. OCLC's ILL, Group Catalog and World Discovery Services enable AF libraries to participate in loaning and borrowing resources from other libraries around the world.

Product characteristics an equal item must meet to be considered:

  • Must provide access to Connexion cataloging system for downloading MARC records to over 100 AF Libraries for the ILS
  • Must provide an ILL, Group Catalog and World Discovery Services for over 100 AF Libraries
  • Must provide access to bibliographic, abstract, and full-text information (MARC records)
  • Must be able to provide single access point authorization for multiple content providers including: EBSCO, Gale/Cengage, ProQuest, and RB Digital
  • Must be able to interface through the Air Force Portal

The Government will consider responses received within 15 days of issuance of this notice. Information received will normally be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct a full and open competitive procurement or a small business set aside competitive procurement. The Government will not pay for any information received in response to this announcement.

If the Government competes this requirement, a synopsis shall be issued utilizing the combined synopsis/solicitation procedure identified in FAR 12.603. If this effort becomes a Small Business Set-Aside, FAR 52.219-14, Limitation on Subcontracting, will apply. Therefore, small businesses that want to be considered for a small business set-aside should demonstrate how they intend to comply. 

A determination not to compete this requirement based upon responses to this notice is an administrative decision by the Government that is solely within its discretion. 

Contractors should be aware of the following information:

  1. Contractors must include the following information:

                   a. Points of contact, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers.

                   b. Identification as a large U.S. business, a small U.S. business, or a foreign business. Please note that size indicated should be based on the NAICS code for this effort listed above.

                   c. Identification of any other socioeconomic status including: Women-Owned Small Business, Economically Disadvantaged Small Business, 8(a), Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Veteran Owned Small Business or HUBZone.

                   d. Company CAGE Code or DUNS Number. 

     2. This requirement is not intended for specific brand name products. Offerors are encouraged to suggest products other than those that may be specifically referenced by brand name. Responses must address how alternate product meet the product characteristics specified above.

    3. Submitted information shall be UNCLASSIFIED.

    4. Responses are limited to of 10 pages in a Microsoft Word compatible format.

Any information submitted by respondents to this sources sought synopsis is strictly voluntary.  The Government will not reimburse the respondents for any costs associated with their response.  This synopsis does not constitute a Request for Proposals nor does its issuance restrict the Government as to its ultimate acquisition approach.  The Government reserves the right to contact the submitting parties, on an as required basis, for further clarification on material provided.  Respondents should not construe this notice as a commitment by the Air Force for any purpose.

Responses should be emailed to Danielle Holland at Danielle.Holland.6@us.af.mil and Ashley Collins at Ashley.Collins.5@us.af.mil no later than 24 November 2020, 2:00 PM EST.  Any questions should be directed to Danielle Holland through email. 

All responses should be received no later than 24 November 2020, 2:00 PM (Eastern).

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