Dublin, Ohio -- December 11, 2008. The National Library of Israel and OCLC have completed a pilot project that has resulted in the addition of more than 788,000 new bibliographic records and 1.1 million holdings from the national library to WorldCat, the world’s largest online resource for finding information in libraries.
These records from the National Library of Israel are now visible to Web searchers through WorldCat.org.
The National Library of Israel, formerly known as the Jewish National and University Library, worked with OCLC in the pilot project to explore and resolve issues in adding records containing only non-Latin script data to WorldCat.
Most of the new records added to WorldCat represent materials in Hebrew script, but significant numbers of records represent Arabic-script and Cyrillic-script publications. The National Library of Israel will continue to add records to WorldCat as new materials are cataloged.
"We are proud and honored to contribute our bibliographic records to WorldCat, thereby making them available to libraries and individuals worldwide," said Shmuel Har Noy, Director-General of the National Library of Israel. "This project and its resulting standards are a major step forward for us and other Israeli libraries into the international bibliographic arena."
"The National Library of Israel and OCLC worked closely together to ensure that these records were incorporated into WorldCat effectively," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "This pilot was indeed a very exciting project, and it will do much to advance WorldCat as a truly global resource, and to make the valuable resources of the National Library of Israel visible to the world."
Israeli libraries started participating in the OCLC cooperative in 1989. Today there are 71 institutions in Israel actively participating in OCLC. By adding these records to WorldCat, the National Library of Israel becomes a governing member of OCLC and will participate in governance of the worldwide cooperative.
The WorldCat database continues to grow at an extraordinary rate, with many of the records entered into the world’s largest bibliographic resource coming from outside the United States. Between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008, records from the National Library of Sweden, Swiss National Library, National Library of Australia and National Library of New Zealand were added to WorldCat.
More information, a complete list and world map illustrating OCLC’s work with national libraries can be found at www.oclc.org/us/en/worldcat/catalog/national.
About the National Library of Israel
The National Library of Israel, founded in 1892, today serves a triple purpose as the national library of the State of Israel, the national library of the Jewish people, and the leading humanities research library in Israel. It also has an extensive research collection in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. The collection is particularly strong in material in all Jewish languages—Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and others—of every place and period. Today the National Library of Israel’s collections of Hebraica and Judaica are the largest in the world. For more information, visit www.jnul.huji.ac.il/eng/.
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 69,000 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. Search WorldCat on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information about OCLC, visit www.oclc.org.