DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 4 October 2004—The National Library of Australia has selected the OCLC PICA Central Library System to support the Australian National Bibliographic Database and Kinetica, the Internet-based service for Australian libraries and their users.
The OCLC PICA Central Library System will provide the infrastructure for creation and management of the shared Australian union catalog, and tools for nationwide interlibrary loan. The system will be implemented over the next year and will be operational in December 2005.
Library workstations throughout the country will be connected to the system that will support a national catalog of 13 million records and will enable researchers, librarians and students to use one system to search the collections of more 1,000 Australian libraries.
“Our aim is to provide Australians with fast and convenient access to the collections of the nation's libraries,” said Jan Fullerton, Australian National Library Director-General. “OCLC PICA's software best meets the National Library's future needs.”
According to the National Library, a significant benefit of the OCLC PICA system is its ability to search and accept records in a wide range of scripts including Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The OCLC PICA system will also provide high-quality performance for all users with improved features for contributing records.
“OCLC PICA has had a long and successful history of cooperation for the benefit of libraries, as has the National Library of Australia,” said Rein van Charldorp, Managing Director, OCLC PICA. “We look forward to continuing our efforts, in cooperation with OCLC, as together we build a new system and a bright new future for the National Library, the people of Australia and the worldwide library community.”
OCLC PICA is part of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, the world's largest library cooperative. OCLC and its worldwide member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest and richest database of items held in libraries.
The OCLC PICA Central Library System software is UNICODE compliant, and is written expressly for union catalogs and large national catalogs. The system integrates and streamlines searching, cataloging and interlibrary loan. The Australian National Bibliographic Database contains 13 million bibliographic records representing 38 million items held in 1,000 libraries. In addition to the new Australian implementation, the OCLC PICA system is currently used in the Netherlands, Germany and France.