DUBLIN, Ohio, February 16, 2012. OCLC has added 500,000 records to WorldCat from the China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS), a nationwide academic library consortium with a mission to promote, maintain and improve resource sharing among Chinese university libraries and other libraries and institutions. These records represent Chinese publications between 1987 and 2001.
The records have been added to WorldCat to help promote the use of the CALIS collection and use of OCLC resource sharing services in libraries in China, and to maximize each organization's strengths in enhancing cooperative building and sharing of information resources on a global scale.
The project to load these records into WorldCat completes phase one of a cooperative agreement between CALIS and OCLC. After a year, CALIS and OCLC will evaluate the project, based on cost to both organizations, global impact on scholarship and society, effectiveness of resource sharing and document delivery, and overall impact in libraries.
On October 25, 2011, Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, and Professor Wu Zhipan, Executive Vice President, Peking University, signed a memorandum of cooperation at Peking University, Beijing, China.
"OCLC is honored to enter into this important cooperative relationship with CALIS," said Mr. Jordan. "This new effort by CALIS and OCLC to expand our cooperative resource sharing capabilities will benefit scholars and researchers worldwide."
"We are pleased to cooperate with OCLC," says Zhu Qiang, Director of Peking University Libraries, "so that libraries outside China can access Chinese information through OCLC, the world's largest library cooperative, and Chinese libraries can also access information that is not available in China."
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.