DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 19 May 2008—OCLC and Google Inc. have signed an agreement to exchange data that will facilitate the discovery of library collections through Google search services.
Under terms of the agreement, OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search program, which makes the full text of more than one million books searchable, may share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google to better facilitate discovery of library collections through Google.
Google will link from Google Book Search to WorldCat.org, which will drive traffic to library OPACs and other library services. Google will share data and links to digitized books with OCLC, which will make it possible for OCLC to represent the digitized collections of OCLC member libraries in WorldCat.
"This agreement will directly support the interests of OCLC's participating libraries by broadening access to library collections and services by making them more widely available on the Web," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "We are pleased to partner with Google in pursuit of our mission to connect people to knowledge through international library cooperation."
WorldCat metadata will be made available to Google directly from OCLC or through member libraries participating in the Google Book Search program.
Google recently released an API that provides links to books in Google Book Search using ISBNs, LCCNs and OCLC numbers. This API allows WorldCat.org users to link to some books that Google has scanned through a "Get It" link. The link works both ways. If a user finds a book in Google Book Search, a link can often be tracked back to local libraries through WorldCat.org.
The new agreement enables OCLC to create MARC records describing the Google digitized books from OCLC member libraries and to link to them. These linking arrangements should help drive more traffic to libraries, both online and in person.
"This agreement will help libraries, Google and OCLC provide content that searchers want, at the point of need—through the Web," said Chip Nilges, Vice President, OCLC Business Development. "It will help increase the visibility of libraries through Web searches, and will facilitate access to libraries’ collections from Google or WorldCat.org."
"OCLC's efforts to bring together information on digitized content will be significant for users, making it possible to find in one place what has been digitized, where that content is, and the relationship of one version to others," said John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology and Technical and Access Services, University of Michigan. "We're excited by this major step forward."
The new agreement between OCLC and Google is the latest in several partnerships between the two designed to increase the visibility of libraries on the Web and deliver information to users at the point of need. OCLC will be working with other organizations to include digitized content in WorldCat in the months to come.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 60,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world's richest online resource for finding library materials. WorldCat.org is a Web destination with search and social networking features that allow information seekers to discover, localize and personalize content from a library's collections and those of more than 10,000 WorldCat libraries globally. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.