Abstract

This article describes the Online Computer Library Center's (OCLC) Open WorldCat program. WorldCat is a worldwide union catalog created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 member institutions. Open WorldCat seeks to make library collections and services visible and available through popular search engines such as Yahoo! and Google and other heavily used sites on the open Web. In this capacity, Open WorldCat provides an important central connection between the shared information of the library network and the Web. The article describes the history and rationale of the project; explains how Open WorldCat works for information seekers, participating libraries, and partners; and reports on what OCLC has learned from the program to date.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1559-0682
Print ISSN
0024-2594
Pages
pp. 430-447
Launched on MUSE
2006-03-30
Open Access
No
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