LEIDEN, Netherlands, 8 November 2016ó The National Central Library of Rome (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma) has loaded nearly 2 million records into WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections, to increase visibility of these Italian collections around the world.
The National Central Library of Rome holds a large number of special collections and print materials dating back to the 15th century with more than 7,000,000 printed volumes, 1,342,154 brochures, 25,000 cinquecentine (16th century books), 20,000 maps, 10,000 drawings, 8,000 manuscripts and 2,000 incunabula. Following the initial load of 2 million records, the National Central Library of Rome will continue to add records to WorldCat.
The mission of the National central Library of Rome is to capture, collect and describe the national published record of Italy and the most important foreign publications, particularly those that relate to Italy. This work is vital in making the Italian published record visible to its citizens and around the world. By uploading the records to Worldcat, the National Central Library of Rome will make them discoverable to international users through the Web.
'The National Central Library of Rome is the first state library in Italy to add their records to WorldCat," said Dr. Andrea de Pasquale, Director of the National Central Library of Rome. "By choosing to add their catalogue to WorldCat, the National Central Library of Rome has effectively added 2 million records of which 60 percent were new. Through this development, the National Central Library of Rome strives not only to significantly increase the WorldCat database but, above all, to offer its services to the greater international community."
"The addition of records from the National Central Library of Rome enriches the WorldCat database for students, scholars and other information searchers around the world," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA and Asia Pacific. "These records provide access to the impressive collections of the National Central Library of Rome, and to the cultural heritage of Italy."
Libraries cooperatively contribute, enhance and share bibliographic data through WorldCat, connecting people to cultural and scholarly resources in libraries worldwide. Each record in the WorldCat database contains a bibliographic description of a single title or work and a list of institutions that hold the item. Institutions share these records, using them to create local catalogs, arrange interlibrary loans and conduct reference work. Libraries contribute records for titles not found in WorldCat using OCLC shared cataloging systems.
When libraries share their data through WorldCat, they support a variety of network services, such as global resource sharing, collection evaluation and collection management.
WorldCat gives people the ability to view library collections from anywhere in the world, giving them access to a rich assortment of information much deeper than what can be found through a basic internet search. There are 491 languages and dialects represented in WorldCat, and 62 percent of records are in languages other than English.
Since its launch in 1971, 380 million records have been added to WorldCat, spanning more than 5,000 years of recorded knowledge. This unique collection of information encompasses records in a variety of formatsóbooks, e-books, DVDs, digital resources, serials, sound recordings, musical scores, maps, visual materials, mixed materials, computer files and more.
More about WorldCat is on the OCLC website; search WorldCat at www.worldcat.org.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.