Leiden, Netherlands, 1 March 2012. OCLC and Bibliotheek.nl, the organisation of Dutch public libraries, have signed an agreement to include the complete collections of public libraries in the GGC, the Dutch shared cataloguing system. The agreement to include collections of Dutch public libraries, signed during the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Birmingham, United Kingdom, will serve as a foundation for the new Dutch National Library Catalogue, and will make these collections visible through WorldCat.org.
Prior to this agreement, collections from the Dutch National Library, university and college libraries, some special libraries and the 14 largest public libraries were present in the GGC. Many public library collections could not easily be found online. Bibliotheek.nl plans to load records from all public libraries and make them discoverable through WorldCat.org, along with the new Dutch National Library Catalogue (NBC).
Through WorldCat.org, information seekers can find materials freely on the Web from over 10,000 WorldCat libraries worldwide. OCLC has existing agreements with sites like Google and Yahoo!, making it possible for library materials in WorldCat.org to be discovered by people who use these search engines to start their searches. WorldCat.org also offers its users a variety of social networking features.
The Dutch National Library Catalogue is a freely accessible, national public catalogue that will include the complete holdings of public libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands. Through NBC, end users who are library members can request titles that their library does not have through resource sharing services from OCLC.
Eric van Lubeek, OCLC EMEA managing director, is very enthusiastic about this agreement: "This is a milestone in the development of the Dutch information infrastructure, which makes the collections of all Dutch public libraries easier to find—and not just in the Netherlands, but anywhere in the world through WorldCat.org. This way, a complete view of Dutch library collections is created."
This agreement includes participation of all Dutch public libraries in the GGC. OCLC discovery and resource sharing services are included in the agreement. Before the end of the year, all public libraries will be in the NBC. Bibliotheek.nl and OCLC are working together to load the bibliographic and holdings data of the libraries in the GGC.
The VOB (Dutch association of public libraries) and SIOB (Dutch coordinating institute for public libraries) were closely involved in the service agreement between Bibliotheek.nl and OCLC, which is a supplement to an existing agreement between OCLC and the GII Consortium (shared information infrastructure consortium). In the GII Consortium, scientific libraries, public libraries, and the national library work together to create one digital information infrastructure for all Dutch libraries.
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