Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces announced today the completion of a project to link Open WorldCat, a Web-accessible union catalog of over 61 million records, with over 700 Innovative public and academic library systems in North America. Users of search engine tools like Google and Yahoo! Search will be able to view local items from Innovative libraries with just a few clicks of their mouse.
Open WorldCat, recently named one of the top 100 websites by PC Magazine, makes records of library-owned materials in OCLC's WorldCat database available to Web users on popular Internet search, bibliographic, and book-selling sites. Innovative libraries, which contain tens of millions of items in North America, will provide Web users with holdings information for the citations they find in WorldCat. When a search engine produces results that match a searcher's keyword or title, it also presents a link to the Open WorldCat "Find in a Library" interface. There, they can locate the item they want at a local or regional library.
Although they may not have the initial intent to have their search end up in their local library's online catalog, each month millions of Web searchers will take this route thanks to Open WorldCat. For example, a citizen of suburban Cleveland might search Yahoo! for "vegetarian handbook." The searcher will see a "Find in a Library" top-ten search result. Two clicks later, after entering his zip code, the user is presented with a catalog record for a book at Innovative customer Cuyahoga County Public Library. The Innovative - OCLC partnership also makes it possible for another resident of the same area to find a useful local item through searching Google Scholar. The first result in a search for "biochemistry" includes a link to a book available at the local Innovative academic library: Cleveland State University.
"While Millennium makes libraries accessible through the Web, this collaboration will bring their Web OPACs even more front and center," says Innovative Chairman and CEO Jerry Kline." For this reason, we are pleased to work with OCLC on a project that bridges the powerful resources represented by our companies and those brought to the forefront by Google and Yahoo."
"The OCLC Open WorldCat program directs millions of Web searchers each month to their local libraries to find the information they're seeking," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "OCLC's partnership with Innovative Interfaces will help guide these Web searchers a step further—to the record of the item they want in their local library. This makes records of items in local libraries just a few clicks away from a search on the open Web."
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing and preservation services to 54,000 libraries in 96 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products including the Millennium integrated library management system, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.
Google Scholar is a trademark of Google, Inc.Yahoo! Search is a trademark of Yahoo! Inc.WorldCat is a trademark of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.