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Celebrating 45 years of WorldCat

Aug
26

DUBLIN, Ohio, August 26, 2016—Today is the 45th anniversary of the launch of WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections.

On August 26, 1971, the OCLC Online Union Catalog (now known as WorldCat) began operation. From a single terminal, catalogers at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, were able to catalog 133 books online that day. Today, WorldCat comprises more than 380 million records representing more than 2.4 billion titles in libraries worldwide.

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WorldCat helps parents using Univision Contigo’s ‘Clave al Éxito’ find library books to support their children’s academic success

May
13

DUBLIN, Ohio, May 13, 2016—OCLC, a nonprofit global library cooperative, and Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, are making it easier for parents to locate nearby libraries and access recommended titles to help prepare their children for schoolwork in the United States.

Through its mobile-first digital destination, “Clave al Éxito,” (Key to Success), Univision Contigo provides Hispanic parents with bilingual resources that they need to help their children succeed in school and beyond.

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OCLC and the National Library of the Netherlands sign long-term agreement to serve public libraries

Mar
31

LEIDEN, Netherlands, 31 March 2016—OCLC and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands, signed a new long-term partnership agreement today for metadata management and discovery services that will increase the visibility of Dutch public libraries’ collections.

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New Art Discovery Group Catalogue launches

May
02

The new Art Discovery Group Catalogue, a view of WorldCat that brings together items from leading art libraries around the world, launched today at the Art Libraries Society of North America annual conference, in Washington, D.C.

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OCLC and Ingram help libraries manage e-book collections more efficiently

Apr
16

OCLC is working with Ingram, one of the world’s largest distributors of physical and digital content, to set and maintain holdings for e-books in WorldCat automatically, saving library staff valuable time and effort.

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NetAdvance and OCLC to add Japanese-language content to WorldCat

Mar
28

OCLC and NetAdvance are working together to add metadata from the JapanKnowledge and JK Books collections to WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive online catalog of library resources, increasing discovery and access to these rich Japanese-language resources.

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Genealogists can now find FamilySearch and WorldCat records through both online resources

Mar
04

OCLC and FamilySearch International are working together to share data between WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog to provide more resources for improved genealogy research. More than 1 million FamilySearch genealogical records are now discoverable in WorldCat, the world’s largest database of records representing resources in libraries worldwide. Links to WorldCat are now available on FamilySearch.org.

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OCLC and ProQuest work together to automate e-book collection management

Nov
04

A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles. The initiative builds on OCLC’s work with ProQuest’s e-book businesses to support Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) workflow and e-book access.

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WorldCat database reaches 2 billion holdings

May
07

WorldCat, the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries around the world, has reached another major milestone with the addition of its 2 billionth holding.

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OCLC Shared Print Management Program to help libraries collaborate and manage collections using WorldCat

Jan
22

The new OCLC Shared Print Management Program is designed to help libraries register shared print collections holdings in WorldCat so that they can collaborate closely to more efficiently manage and share these collections.

A growing number of regional efforts are under way to consolidate and preserve print collections among multiple libraries in response to the widespread availability of digital resources and increasing pressure for space in campus library buildings.

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