LEIDEN, Netherlands, 8 May 2018—The Norwegian Library Center (Biblioteksentralen SA) is working with OCLC to enable public libraries in Norway to load records of their collections into WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections, increasing the visibility of these collections around the world.
The Norwegian Library Center is a public cooperative owned by 416 municipalities, 15 counties, the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, and the Norwegian Library Association. It is the primary supplier of books and metadata to public libraries in Norway.
Public libraries in Norway make use of the Norwegian Library Center's centralized library catalog system, BIBBI, which comprises 283,000 bibliographic records; 16,000 records are added to the catalog each year.
By adding their records to WorldCat, these public libraries in Norway increase visibility of their collections around the world and support a variety of network services, such as global resource sharing, collection evaluation and collection management.
‘'We are very pleased to be working with OCLC," said Børge Hofset, CEO of Biblioteksentralen. "Norwegian libraries will now be a part of WorldCat for the very first time. Norwegian metadata and library records will be available to the international library community. Public libraries in Norway will also benefit from OCLC's work with major search engines and partners to ensure that web searchers can find and be directed to items in their local library collections in Norway."
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.
"The addition of records from Biblioteksentralen and public libraries in Norway enriches the WorldCat database for information seekers around the world," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA and Asia Pacific. "These records provide access to significant collections of individual institutions, as well as to the broader cultural heritage of Norway."
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.
Collections represented in WorldCat span more than 5,000 years of recorded knowledge. This unique collection of information encompasses records in a variety of formats—books, 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 www.worldcat.org on the web.
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.