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OCLC and Google to exchange data, link digitized books to WorldCat

OCLC and Google Inc. have signed an agreement to exchange data that will facilitate the discovery of library collections through Google search services.

Under terms of the agreement, OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search™ program, which makes the full text of more than one million books searchable, may share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google to better facilitate discovery of library collections through Google.

Google will link from Google Book Search to WorldCat.org, which will drive traffic to library OPACs and other library services. Google will share data and links to digitized books with OCLC, which will make it possible for OCLC to represent the digitized collections of OCLC member libraries in WorldCat.

"This agreement will directly support the interests of OCLC's participating libraries by broadening access to library collections and services by making them more widely available on the Web," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "We are pleased to partner with Google in pursuit of our mission to connect people to knowledge through international library cooperation."

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