DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct. 26, 1999--netLibrary, a leading provider of electronic books and information over the Internet, is now an active vendor in the OCLC PromptCat service.
The OCLC PromptCat service delivers cataloging records for any title supplied by participating vendors that has a monographic record in WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog). Records arrive at libraries at the same time as library materials sent by the vendor, and the libraries' holding symbols are set in WorldCat. netLibrary MARC records include a unique URL for each eBook, allowing a direct link from the catalog to the book.
Under a separate agreement with netLibrary, OCLC will maintain archive copies of the eBooks.
"Our agreement with OCLC provides libraries with the ability to seamlessly integrate eBooks into existing collections without any interruptions in service or changes to their infrastructure," said Tim Schiewe, CEO of netLibrary. "This solidifies our commitment to offer libraries the best eBook solution. We look forward to working with OCLC to provide libraries with more productive services."
"OCLC and netLibrary share mutual users who are moving into the digital age and can benefit from the relationship of our two organizations," said Donald J. Muccino, OCLC executive vice president and chief operating officer. "This arrangement will help libraries better manage their growing electronic collections."
netLibrary joins 12 participating book vendors, including Academic Book Center, Ambassador Book Service, Baker & Taylor, Blackwell's Book services, Book Clearing House, the Book House, Casalini Libri, DA Information Services, Majors Scientific Books, Matthews Medical & Scientific Books, Rittenhouse Book Distributors and Yankee Book Peddler. Other vendors who have agreed to join the OCLC PromptCat service are Coutts Library Services, Eastern Book Company, Franklin Book Company, Iberbook International, Puvill Libros and Jean Touzot Libraire Editeur.
The complete collection of eBook bibliographic records is also available to libraries through the OCLC WorldCat Collection Sets service.
Formed in March 1999, netLibrary is the world's leading provider of reference, scholarly and professional electronic books and information on the Internet. With over 4,000 unique titles online, netLibrary has forged relationships with more than 60 publishers, including McGraw-Hill Companies, Houghton Mifflin, MIT University Press and ABC-CLIO. Nearly 1,000 libraries already have access to netLibrary digital library services.