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WorldCat is a union catalog which itemizes the collections of 71,000 libraries in 112 countries which participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global cooperative. It is built and maintained collectively by the participating libraries. Created in 1971, it contains more than 150 million different records pointing to over 1.4 billion physical and digital assets in more than 470 languages. It is the world's largest bibliographic database. OCLC makes WorldCat itself available free to libraries, but the catalog is the foundation for other fee-based OCLC services (such as resource sharing and collection management). WorldCat was founded by Fred Kilgour in 1967. In 2003, OCLC began the "Open WorldCat" pilot program, making abbreviated records from a subset of WorldCat available to partner Web sites and booksellers, to increase the accessibility of its member libraries' collections. In 2006, it became possible to search WorldCat directly at its website. In 2007, WorldCat Identities began providing pages for 20 million "identities", predominantly authors and persons who are the subjects of published titles. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: WorldCat)

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Metadata related to 'worldcat' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'worldcat': 23 (1.3% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'worldcat' across all Ariadne articles: 83
  • Average number of references to 'worldcat' per Ariadne article: 3.61
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'worldcat': 2002-10
  • Trending factor of 'worldcat': 0 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'worldcat':

  1. john maccoll (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. lynn silipigni connaway (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. shirley hyatt (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. janifer gatenby (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. lorcan dempsey (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Utilizing E-books to Enhance Digital Library Offerings

Shirley Hyatt and Lynn Silipigni Connaway, describe the rationale and background of OCLC's acquisition of netLibrary, the information environment that is being pursued, and the resulting benefits that libraries may experience.

October 2002, issue33, feature article

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